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Curtain Rises: Civic 2019-20 season reveals ‘Spamalot,’ ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season. However, as with theater companies across the country, theater officials were initially restricted from revealing two musicals that were uncertain at the time of the announcement.

The two shows for Civic’s season are two well-known musicals, which, it was thought, may or may not be on national tour or presented at another regional theater.

Curtain Rises: Civic 2019-20 season has two mystery musicals

Monday, March 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s like this: Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season. However, as with theater companies across the country, it’s restricted from announcing shows that are still uncertain.

The two shows in question for Civic’s seasons are two well-known musicals, which may or may not still be on national tour or might be presented at another regional theater.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Ross Sanders teased those at the March 15 season annnoucement reception at Civic514 with puzzles, references and rhymes, but no titles.

Movie Review: Brie Larson a ‘Marvel’

Monday, March 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Captain Marvel” has all that a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan might want: epic battle scenes, zooming spaceship chase scenes, a motley crew of intergalactic creatures, a buddy-film storyline, and, action, action, action.

“Captain Marvel” wouldn’t be as good as it is without Brie Larson in the title role.

Marvel and most producers of superhero movies and animated feature films make smart casting choices. The film-makers try to get the best acting and voice talent possible.

LV Auto Dealers group donates $25,000 to St. Luke’s University Health Network

Friday, March 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association has donated $25,000 to St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Planned is a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and renovation of the inpatient pediatric unit by early 2020 at St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem.

A video of an artist’s rendering of the proposed unit and renovations was shown at the March 20 Preview Gala at Stabler Center for the 2019 Lehigh Valley Auto Show.

Realtors February report: House sales down again, decline 7.7 percent in LV

Friday, March 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) reported that inclement weather in Februrary may have impacted sales of houses for the month.

The average sales price and median sales price increased again in February after decreases in January.

There was also a decline in new listings in February after an increase in new listings in January.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased for a second straight month, down 7.7 percent in February, with 418 houses sold, down from 453 houses sold in February 2018, according to the GLVR report released March 12.

Movie Review: ‘Free Solo’: a real-life Spider-Man

Monday, March 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Free Solo” is the most astounding film of 2018.

If you haven’t seen “Free Solo,” which received an Oscar for documentary feature at the 2019 Academy Awards, the film is worth seeing in a movie theater on as large a screen as possible.

The film’s producton companies include National Geographic Documentary Films. The film was shown on TV’s National Georgraphic Channel.

Review: ‘Madea’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To paraphrase Williams Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Act 2, Scene 3, and give it a twist, “I have not come here to bury ‘Medea,’ but to praise him-her.”

“A Madea Family Funeral” is the 11th in the feature film comedy series by actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry, who again plays the title role. Perry has said this is his final outing as family matriarch, Madea (introduced in “Diary Of A Mad Black Woman,” 2005).

Curtain Rises:

Friday, March 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic ‘Buyer & Cellar’;

The Lehigh Valley theater scene springs back to life in time for the vernal equinox.

At Civic Theatre of Allentown is the Lehigh Valley debut of the one-man comedy about Barbra Streisand’s basement-dweller, “Buyer & Cellar,” 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, Theatre514, Allentown.

At Munopco Music Theatre of Allentown is the iconic musical that has legs, “A Chorus Line,” 8 p.m. March 16, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 17, 24, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown.

The two stage shows, opposite in concept, are similar as behind-the-scenes takes.

Movie Review: ‘Dragon’ the line

Friday, March 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Disney Pixar is the gold standard for feature animation films.

Disney Pixar feature animation films include “Toy Story,” “Up,” “Cars,” “Frozen,” “Finding Nemo,” “Wall-E” and “Coco.”

Disney Pixar’s feature animation film supremacy is challeged with DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.”

“How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is stunningly-beautiful, with a positive storyline that emphasizes values that shouldn’t offend any family that chooses to see it.