East Penn Press

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Curtain Rises: Barry Glassman reflects on ‘Amadeus’ and Lehigh Valley theater roles

Saturday, October 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Barry Glassman has played iconic roles in Lehigh Valley regional theater on stage and offstage.

On stage, he’s played the nasty but redemptive soul, Scrooge, nine times in “A Christmas Carol”; Roy Cohn, the disgraced and presumably not so redemptive Atty. Roy Cohn, twice in “Angels in America”; the irascible but charming Morrie in “Tuesdays with Morrie,” and the glum but wise Norman in “On Golden Pond,” all at Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Theater Review: See and hear ‘Amadeus’ at NCC Theatre

Friday, October 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s good to revisit the classics of theater. “Amadeus,” written by Peter Shaffer, is certainly a classic.

The Northampton Community College Theatre production of “Amadeus,” through Oct. 23, Lipkin Theatre, Green Pond Campus, Bethlehem Township, merits revisiting for several reasons.

The production of “Amadeus,” which opens the NCC Theatre 2019-2020 season, is beautifully-directed by William Mutimer with several commendable performances by students and a veteran Lehigh Valley regional theater performer.

Theater Review: Civic cast drives ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Sunset Boulevard” is a storied and legendary place, the proverbial street of dreams, brought to the stage in the perfect venue, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, where the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has its Lehigh Valley debut through Oct. 27 to open Civic Theatre of Allentown’s 2019-2020 season.

It’s a jewel of a show in a jewel of a venue.

It’s a grand performance in a grand setting.

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Sunset Boulevard” is a storied and legendary place, the proverbial street of dreams, brought to the stage in the perfect venue, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, where the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has its Lehigh Valley debut through Oct. 27 to open Civic Theatre of Allentown’s 2019-2020 season.

It’s a jewel of a show in a jewel of a venue.

It’s a grand performance in a grand setting.

Movie Review: Judging ‘Judy’

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Judy” is a marvelous and complex biographical portrait of movie icon and pop singer Judy Garland.

The movie is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Judy Garland, best-known for her starring role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and her rendition in that movie of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” a song with which she would always be identified.

Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, June 10, 1922, died at age 47 on June 22, 1969, in London from an apparent accidental barbiturate overdose.

Theater Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ lots of fun at Munopco

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mamma Mia!” is one of those fun musicals: serious, but not too serious, frivolous, but not too frivolous, and nearly all-singing and all-dancing, from beginning to end.

It’s fun in the sense that the stage musicals “Hairspray” (2003) and “Bye Bye Birdie” (1960) are fun. You can’t help but get caught up and depart with a smile on your face.

Munopco Music Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!,” in its Lehigh Valley community theater debut, through Oct. 20 at Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown, opens Munopco’s 2019-2020 season.

Fellowship Community, ArtsQuest present dementia improv program

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Fellowship Community, a continuing care retirement community, is partnering with ArtsQuest to present a dementia improv program for care partners of those with dementia.

The “Dementia Improv Program” is at 7 p.m. Oct, 21, Zentz Community Center, Fellowship Community, 3020 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.

To register: FellowshipCommunity.com.

The collaborative program will include a review of the symptoms of dementia and an interactive learning experience using improv guidelines as a best practice for communicating.

Northampton County senior menus

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

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, October 9: Barbecue pork croquette w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, Capri blend vegetables, wheat bread w/ margarine, ambrosia.

Thursday, October 10: Chicken pot pie, peas and carrots, tossed salad w/ French dressing, fresh biscuit w/ margarine, dark sweet cherries.

Friday, October 11: Cranberry juice, beer battered haddock w/ tartar sauce, au gratin potatoes, succotash, wheat bread w/ margarine, tapioca pudding.

‘Poets, Troubadours’ continues Festival Unbound

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A six-month songwriting workshop led by Bethlehem native and folksinger Anne Hills culminates with three concerts of original music inspired by the story of the city of Bethlehem, Oct. 9-11.

“Poets, Troubadours and Troublemakers” is one of more than 20 events through Oct. 13 that are part of Touchstone Theatre’s 10-day Festival UnBound.