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Here's how to avoid getting poison ivy

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A plant dwells among us of such ill repute and so feared by lovers of the outdoors that in eastern Pennsylvania it is commonly referred to as "poison," short for poison ivy.

Actually, it is not an ivy at all, but a member of the cashew family. Its Latin name is "rhus." Outdoor enthusiasts take heart: avoiding or promptly dealing with exposure to the poison or toxin in this plant can eliminate a lot of the discomfort that you fear.

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

Actors in Action Festival: "The Un-Named Body Project," through June 30, Allentown Public Theatre, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown. 610-433-4150

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Crazy For You," through June 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. 484-664-3333

Zen 'Luau' back at Godfrey's

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

In my world there are three signs of summer: grass that needs cutting twice a week, swimming pools full of screaming children and Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau."

This is the fifth year that the Zen crew is back at Godfrey Daniel's, Bethehem, at 7 p.m. June 28 for the vacation season with their magical musical "Luau." And even if you don't have a road trip on the books, composer and guitarist Mike Krisukas and his band will take you to the Islands and promises to return you to reality in a couple of hours.

THEATER REVIEWS Take 'The 39 Steps' to comedy at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "The 39 Steps" yields nonstop laughter in a slapstick sendup of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film.

Hilarity ensues from the moment that four actors in multiple roles so many I lost count step on stage in the farce adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel of John Buchan and the 1935 Hitchcock film.

Choreography in 'Oklahoma!' a dream

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Oklahoma!" is history-making as the first show in musical theater to use dance to advance the plot so successfully and extensively.

Agnes de Mille, who choreographed the first production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" in 1943, was among the great ensemble of choreographers of the 1940's era, including George Balanchine in classical ballet, Gene Kelly with dance in film, and Martha Graham, a pioneer of modern dance.

Pretty amazing

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Kreskin will be there and he promises so will State Theatre's legendary Fred

It's both thrilling and frightening to have someone tell you, "Even now, I know what you are thinking!"

And yet, that's exactly what The Amazing Kreskin, world-renowned mentalist, will be doing, starting at 8 p.m. June 28, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton: telling people what they are thinking.

Kreskin's show consists of two and one-half hours of the audience participating in amazing mental sleight-of-hands for example, having six audience members (non-confederates picked at random) on stage, each one convinced that one of them isn't there.

Cast creates a 'Beauty' of a 'Beast' at PSF

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

An inspired, high-spirited cast in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of "Beauty and the Beast" delivers a terrifically enchanting retelling of The Brothers Grimm's classic children's story as retold for the stage by Michele. L. Vacca.

Gina Lamparella directs this charming show, through Aug. 3, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.