Catasauqua Press

Friday, May 24, 2019

Night On The Town: Sins no more? Not so fast

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It may not be the last gig, but it’s one that reunites the original lineup of the Original Sins in concert for the first time in about two decades.

Muihlenberg College radio station, WMUH, 91.7-FM, wmuh.org, presents the Original Sins with St. John’s Alliance, 8 p.m. April 13, Event Center, Seegers Union. Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

The Sins’ original band members, John Terlesky, vocals, guitar, songwriter; Ken Bussiere, bass; Dan McKinney, keyboards, and Dave Ferrara, drums, are getting back together for the concert.

Theater Review: ‘Magnolias” in bloom at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse is marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the motion picture, “Steel Magnolias,” with its own superb stage production of the bittersweet comedy-drama about the bond among a group of women at a beauty shop in a small Southern town whose lives are changed with the death of one of their own.

The play, which continues April 12-14, 19 and 20 at the Bethlehem theater, was written by Robert Harling as a way to cope one month after his sister’s death from complications of diabetes.

Folk music veteran Eric Andersen never gives up on a dream

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Robert Frost’s ambiguous classic poem, “The Road Not Taken,” challenges readers to contemplate life choices: Ultimately, whether to go with the mainstream, or go it alone.

Folksinger-songwriter Eric Andersen’s choice came many years ago and in retrospect he didn’t go it alone, but he most certainly went his own way.

Andersen is in concert, 7 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

Sinfonia says hello Dali in first-ever collaboration

Friday, April 5, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The renowned Dali Quartet accompanies the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in the ensembles’ first-ever collaboration, “Dazzling Dalí,” 7:30 p.m. April 6, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown.

It is the first time the two organizations have worked together, according to Bethlehem native and Dali first violinist Domenic Salerni.

Dieruff: ‘Once on This Island’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Once on This Island” brings the tropics to the stage, 7 p.m. April 25, 26, and 2 and 7 p.m. April 27, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

Based on the novel “My Love, My Love: or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, the musical tells the story of a kind-hearted peasant girl living on a Caribbean island and her attempts to bring different social classes together through the power of love.

Respectfully Yours: Hospitality

Friday, April 5, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was out to dinner with my husband, and the owner of the restaurant came over to our table to talk. The owner is an old friend of my husband. I had never met him. Initially, it seemed fine but I became quickly uncomfortable. The owner stood at the center of our table and kept his back to me. He did not make any effort to acknowledge me. I sat there not sure what to do and clueless as to how to jump into the conversation. What do you do when someone does not acknowledge you?

Dear Reader,

Nazareth: ‘Curtains’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

There’s murder afoot on the stage with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy, 7 p.m. April 11 and 12; 2 and 7 p.m. April 13, and 2 p.m. April 14, auditorium, Nazareth Area High School, 501 E. Center St., Nazareth.

Boston police detective and theater fan Lieutenant Frank Cioffi investigates the demise of the leading lady of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” on opening night in 1959. While trying to solve the mysterious deaths of additional cast and crew from the show, Cioffi attempts to save the day, save the play, and save his love life.

Notre Dame: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The 1920s Jazz Age arrives with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” 7 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. April 14, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Bethlehem Township.

Flapper Millie Dillmount leaves Kansas and arrives in New York City in 1922 in search of a new life and a rich husband. What she finds is that wealth and security are less important than love.

Shauna Khan is director and vocal director for the Notre Dame production, assisted by choreographer Jenna Winchenbach and technical director Angela Nicolello.

‘Kinky Boots’ national tour to prance onto State stage

Friday, April 5, 2019 by REBEKAH HAWK in Focus

“Kinky Boots” prances its way to Easton’s State Theatre for the Arts, 2 and 8 p.m. April 6.

The Tony Award-winning musical is inspired by a true story. The show’s book is by four-time Tony Award recipient Harvey Fierstein. Songs are by Cyndi Lauper, who became the first woman, without a writing partner, to receive a Tony Award for best score.

In the musical, Charlie Price is torn between pursuing his dream of London city life or saving his late father’s bankrupt shoe factory in Northampton, England.

Movie Review: Horror R not ‘Us’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

“Pogo” comicstrip,

Walt Kelly, 1953

“Us” is not an altogether bad film.

It’s quite good in direction, performances, cinematography and soundtrack.

That said, “Us” is a disappointing sophomore effort from writer-director Jordan Peele, following his critically-acclaimed hit and big-screen directorial debut, “Get Out” (2017).

Whereas “Get Out” explored socio-ecnomic themes layered upon the leitmotif of a horror film. “Us” lacks overarching intellectual plumbing.