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"Crazy" for choreography: "Crazy for You" choreographer Karen Dearborn, above left, with, left to right, Patrick McTamany, Chelsea Montgomery-Duban, Ryan Skerchak, Tommy McCarthy and Joe Marx inspires the dancers at the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. The 1992 Tony Award winner for best musical and choreography continues through June 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The show features some of the best-loved Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," as well as virtuoso tap dance numbers. MSMT founding artistic director Charles Richter directs the production. Ed Bara is music director. Tickets: 484-664-3333
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Free Latin fest: A sensational way to kick off summer, June 20 - 23, with four days of sizzling music, food and family fun, is the ¡Sabor! Latin Festival, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The third-annual event, presented by ArtsQuest, has free concerts by Santa Mamba, Ricky Luis and the Luisito Rosario Orchestra, as well as visual arts, Latin dance workshops and a Mariachi Mass. Rosario, above, who sings at 7 p.m. June 21, Levitt Pavilion, was lead vocalist for Larry Harlow from the Fania All Stars. The celebration of the region's Latino culture includes cultural programming by the Hispanic American League of Artists, Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, Borinqueneers, Latin American Motorcycle Association and the SouthSide Branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library.
Good, "Clean" fun: Life, death and the perfect joke are explored in "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl. Tim Brown directs the comedy, weekends through June 23, The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. The show includes, above, seated, left to right, Kelly Rohrbach (Matilde), Jan Labellarte (Ana) and Nick Englesson (Charles), and, standing, Amy Cramer (Lane). The Pullitzer-Prize nominated play is third in the Playhouse's "2013 Director's Cut Season" of shows selected by directors. Says Brown, Cedar Crest College professor of theater and speech, of Ruhl, "Her use of magic realism allows us to explore emotions and themes on a level that we may not get to do if we retain a wholly realistic view of the world." The story unfolds with Ruhl's razor-sharp dialogue. "Her writing is so efficient, so clear and so poetic," Brown says. Tickets: 610-865-6665
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