There are lots of superlatives in this theater review of The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” because it is a standout in every category, from its multicolored set, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, to its uniformly talented cast of 30. The musical continues June 14-16 at the Playhouse.
“Topsy Turvy” is an apt name for the Crowded Kitchen Players’ latest play written and directed by Ara Barlieb.
In two acts, the cast of 14 cavorts, cross-dresses and intentionally overacts their way through the wackiness. The June 7 opening night performance was seen for this review of the rapid-fire comedy’s world premiere, continuing June 14-16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Bethlehem.
Barlieb loosely based his latest play on Aristophanes’ ancient tale of “Lysistrata,” where the women of Athens, Greece, pledge to withhold sex from their husbands until all wars end.
I love hosting dinner parties. I always send out invites asking for RSVPs. What’s the proper way to handle it when I get no response? I don’t want to be pushy or rude, but it’s hard to plan seating and having enough food not knowing in advance who is coming.
It is extremely frustrating for a host and it makes party planning difficult when people do not let you know if they want to attend or not.
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In our last column, we discussed emotional intelligence (EI or EQ). Today’s column is about research that shows seniors have higher emotional intelligence than younger people.
Emotional intelligence is a relatively new concept. It was popularized by Daniel Goleman, a psychologist who was a science journalist for The New York Times. His 1995 book, “Emotional Intelligence,” was a bestseller.
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Wednesday, June 5: Chicken bruschetta, wide noodles, wax beans, Italian bread w/margarine, fresh pineapples.
Thursday, June 6: Roast pork w/gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/margarine, applesauce.
Friday, June 7: Orange juice, beef barbecue on a bun, pasta salad, fresh seedless grapes, peanut butter cookie.
The 2019 season is the 39th step for Charles Richter on his way to the 40th anniversay of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), which he cofounded.
“They’re already planning the 40th celebration,” says Richter, Professor of Theatre Arts, Muhlenberg College, where he has been teaching for 41 years, with 25 years as chair of the college’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
When asked about retirement, Richter, who will be 68 on June 16, quips, “I’m not thinking that far ahead.”
What Richter is thinking about is the 2019 season:
Touchstone Theatre will present “Festival UnBound,” a 10-day visual and performing arts festival, Oct. 4-13, at venues in South Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
According to festival coordinator Bill George, “This ten-day series of performances, installations and happenings is created in collaboration with the people and artists of Bethlehem, visiting regional and international artists, and Bethlehem city government.”
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, Lebanon County, signed an agreement in a May 22 ceremony, giving LCCC students a transfer to receive a bachelor’s degree from Lebanon Valley.
LCCC graduates can pursue a bachelor’s degree in certain LVC programs, moving from receiving an associate degree at LCCC into junior standing at LVC.
LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber and Lebanon Valley president Dr. Lewis E. Thayne met at LCCC to sign the paperwork.
Sweet 16 film fest: The 16th annual SouthSide Film Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. June 11 with the “Opening Night Party and Screening” sponsored by PBS39. The party is at WLVT PBS 39 Studios, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The feature film, “The Weight of Water,” is at 8 p.m. June 11, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The “Late Night Movie” is the feature, “DeadTechtives,” 11 p.m. June 14, Touchstone Theatre. 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. The “Closing Night Screening” is the feature, “Gay Chorus Deep South,” 7:20 p.m. June 15, Charter Arts School.
“The Family Project” column does not appear in the June 5 Focus section. “The Family Column” resumes in the June 12 Focus section.