"August: Osage County," Tracy Lett's 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, hits you upside the head with the force of the cast-iron frying pan wielded by one of the cast members.
Witty, comedic and unflinchingly raw dialogue combined with stellar performances by an ensemble cast make this Lehigh Valley debut a must-see, 7 p.m. March 7 - 9 and 2 p.m. March 10, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N 19th St., Allentown.
The eternal question, "Why do Fools Fall in Love?" may not be readily answered, but the musical of the same name through March 10 at The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown, attempts to explore the stages of love through popular song.
The setting is Millie's (Gwen Swanson Vigorito) "Pop-Tart" pink walled living room where her friends Florence (Stacy Bechtel), Sally (Lauren Eitzenberger) and Dee Dee (Stacey B. Yoder) have gathered to celebrate Millie's upcoming nuptials.
Although Time Jumpers is not a band of science fiction time-travelers, the 11-piece group transcends time through its throwback brand of country music.
Fans will be able to "jump" deep into country music's roots at the group's concert, 8 p.m. Feb, 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St, Easton.
In about two months, the first cries of "Play Ball" will fill the air at Coca Cola Park, the aroma of grilled hotdogs, burgers and fries will beckon the hungry and a chilled beverage will refresh the thirsty when the gates open April 10 for the 2013 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs season.
Yes, it's the time of year when fans' thoughts begin to turn toward America's favorite pastime.
It was all about the Phillies, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and, more specifically, Iron Pigs Charities on a recent sub-freezing night.
Take one-part theatrical spectacle, toss in operatic vocals, add in wind instruments, accordion, violin, upright bass, saxophone, musical saw, sprinkle with a dash of belly dancing and a dollop of Klezmer for seasoning, add a hint of vaudeville, blend it together vigorously, turn it upside down and send it out on a road trip from Portland, Ore., and you have Vagabond Opera.
Much like a brilliant culinary recipe, Vagabond Opera combines a few standard ingredients with custom additives to create a dish best served live.
Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem leads off its 2013 "Director's Cut" season with the divine farce, "Boeing Boeing," weekends through Feb. 3. This bit of mid-century madness is a revival of the 1960 French play written by Marc Camoletti and translated into English by Beverly Cross and Francine Evans. It was also released as a Hollywood film in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
The comedy, featuring a six-member ensemble, is a fast-paced romp with each cast member having an equally important role in the furthering and ultimately resolving of the plot.
The songs remain the same, and that's just fine for Creedence Clearwater Revisited bass player and 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stu Cook.
The band, which formed in 1995 and actively tours throughout the United States and abroad, recently completed a four-night "Rock Legends" cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to the northern coast of Haiti.
Back on terra firma, Creedence continues an extensive 2013 tour schedule with an 8 p.m. Jan. 23 concert at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem.
Although celebrated tenor Alfie Boe is best-known worldwide as one of Britain's top operatic tenors, he would prefer you think of him as a vocalist.
Proving his versatility again and again, Boe, born Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, has collaborated with the likes of such diverse performers as Robert Plant, Nick Jonas and former Spice Girl Mel C.
The visual and the written word are powerful forms of expression individually. "Inspiration, Harmony and the World Within" successfully combines the two artistic mediums with breath taking results. The new book, co-authored by Bethlehem residents, Wendy Smale and Alonzo "Zo" Gross, achieves a spiritual and enlightening one-two punch that leaves one captivated by its message and beauty.
The Sultans of String are set to descend upon Bethlehem from the Great White North.
The Sultans of String, consisting of six-string violinist Chris McKhool and acoustic guitarist Kevin Laliberté, are hitting the road on a several month-long tour promoting their latest CD, "Move."
The Sultans begin their stop in Bethlehem Jan. 10 by performing a live radio session on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio station WDIY, 88.1 FM, at 3 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. show at celebrated folk coffeehouse Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.