“The Mystery of Irma Vep,” through July 14 at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Fesitval, is too much fun.
That’s for openers. it’s also a fascinating, self-contained, self-proclaimed, compact comedy of manners, and ill-mannered at that, in breaking the fourth wall between actor and audience by using nearly every trick in the book.
When the director is Jim Helsinger, that’s a thick book.
Northampton Community College Summer Theater’s production of “Falsettos” provides an opportunity to explore what was in its time breakthrough-theater in style and subject.
The musical, through June 30, Norman Roberts Lab Theatre, Kopecek Hall, NCC Green Pond Campus, is a two-act compilation of three one-act off-Broadway musicals: “Trousers,” 1979; “March of the Falsettos,” 1982, and “Falsettoland,” 1985. The musical was seen June 20 for this review.
It was a match made, if not in heaven, then under the hills west of Kutztown.
“Crystal” meets Crystal Cave.
Performers from Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal,” June 26-30, PPL Center, Allentown, visited Crystal Cave, Richmond Township, Berks County, June 25.
They performed acrobatic moves seen in the show that’s making its Lehigh Valley debut.
Leon Fagbemi of London lifts his Cirque du Soleil “Crystal” partner Amber Van Nijk of Belgium high above his head as she balances on his hands outside the entrance to Crystal Cave.
They call him The Breeze and for Lehigh Valley native Chris Barczynski, his latest project is living up to its name.
“I’m celebrating 25 years as a professional musician,” says Barczynski.
“And I’ve done some amazing things in those 25 years. But this is the best thing that I’ve been a part of. I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
His latest rock group, Shepard The Breeze, performs, 9 p.m. June 21, The Gin Mill, Northampton.
“Stop” at The Peak: Trace Adkins’ “Don’t Stop Tour 2019” stops at 8 p.m. June 21, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Louisana native has sold 11 million albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the Number One hits “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” (1997), “Ladies Love Country Boys” (2007) and “You’re Gonna Miss This” (2008). His 2004 single, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” became a crossover Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit. He appeared in the films “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011), “Moms’ Night Out” (2014) and “I Can Only Imagine” (2018).
The exhibition, “A Tribute to Polly Wood,” continues through July 3, David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, with a memorial reception, 6-8 p.m. June 20, The Baum School of Art, as part of Allentown’s “Third Thursday” events.
Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, June 19: Orange juice, cheese steak sandwich w/onions and sauce, Italian marinated vegetable salad, fresh seasoned melon.
Thursday, June 20: Chicken pot pie, green peas, tossed salad w/Ranch dressing, wheat bread w/margarine, fresh strawberries.
Friday, June 21: Summer picnic. Hoagie bag lunch to Slate Belt Senior Center.
The “Happy Together Tour 2019” offers hit tunes from the 1960s and 1970s in one concert, 8 p.m. June 20, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.
The tour, now in its 10th year, features six headlining artists: The Turtles; Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night; Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; The Buckinghams; The Classics IV, and The Cowsills.
The concert is expected to includef 35 hit songs from the era.
Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, June 19: Hamburger, broccoli / cauliflower, peaches.
Thursday, June 20: Caprese chicken, roasted potatoes, peas, Mandarin oranges.
Friday, June 21: Apricot pork loin, mashed sweet potato, cauliflower, fruit cocktail.
Monday, June 24: Chicken and peppers, cilantro rice, succotash, orange.
Tuesday, June 25: Peach pork chop, mashed potato, wax beans, tropical fruit.
Wednesday, June 26: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, spinach, fruit cocktail.
“Summer Soltice III,” 4 p.m.-11 p.m. June 22, brings six bands to the Alternative Gallery, 707 N. Fourth St., Allentown, including Ronnie Rock and The Trendsetters, The Ultra Kings, Scotty and The Slammers, The Fux, Big Handsome, and The Purrverts.
The event is well-timed and named, happening one day after the Summer Soltice, officially, 11:54 a.m. June 21.
Based on previous “Summer Soltice” events held in the first-floor concert venue at the former cigar factory near Fourth and Tilghman streets, Allentown, the concert should be fun and then some.