Salisbury Press

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The passion of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't need to travel to Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, to experience a passion play. There's one right here in the Lehigh Valley.

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) "Jesus Christ Superstar," through July 28, Empie Theater, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, is a thoughtful, often startling, entertaining passion play.

The first hit musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, which debuted in 1971, is a revisionist retelling of the Bible's New Testament accounts of Jesus.

'Monsters U' gets incomplete

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The best things about "Monsters University" occur before and after the animated feature film.

"The Blue Umbrella," a film short preceding "MU," is many of the things that "MU" is not. "Blue Umbrella" is imaginatively to the point, original and thoroughly entertaining.

After the credits conclude for "MU," there is a scene about a snail character, introduced early in the film as he makes his way slowly to class. The outcome of his progress is in the post-credits scene, which is also many of the things that "MU" is not. The scene is very funny, clever and efficient.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Franko Farm Park house repairs in offing

Salisbury Township will spend about $20,000 to repair to the Franko Farm Park farmhouse occupied by a part-time township employee.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to transfer the money from the township capital reserve fund to repair the house, where township Animal Control Officer Charles Durner resides with his wife.

Commissioner Debra Brinton made the motion, seconded by Commisisoner Joanne Ackerman, at the June 27 township meeting.

Several township officials, including Commissioner Robert Martucci, who has a construction business, visited the stone-facade house.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Final payment approved for Eastern fire truck

With the final payment approved, Eastern Salisbury Fire Department's new fire truck, a 2003 Spartan ERV Legend Pumper mounted on a Spartan chassis from Campbell Supply, could arrive at any moment.

That was the word from township Commissioner James Seagreaves, an Eastern Salisbury Fire Department volunteer, who said the fire truck was expected to be delivered by the end of June.

Seagreaves said the truck was expected to be delivered no later than June 30.

SALISBURY Township board of COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Program continues to mitigate sewer lines infiltration

Salisbury Township is continuing its program to detect and curtail infiltration of its municipal sewer system.

To that end, commissioners voted 5-0 to approve two payments, that of $14,203.80 and $7,663.41, to Sewer Specialty Services Co., Inc., for closed circuit television inspection, pressure testing and grouting for the township sanitary sewer pipe joints project.

"There were a couple of spots in the sewer main, so we had them fix it right away," David J. Tettemer, township consulting engineer, said at the June 27 township meeting.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Phase 1, 2, 3, go for Lindberg Park trail design, engineering

Salisbury Township is moving ahead with preparing for a new perimeter trail at Lindberg Park, even though the matching half of the $300,000 project has not been secured.

The perimeter trail is included in Phase One of the Lindberg Park Master Plan prepared by the Salisbury Township Recreation Commission, with the assistance of township consultant, Urban Research & Development Corp. and approved by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

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.

'Man of Steel' super-sized

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Man of Steel" is the latest makeover in the 75-year history of the ever-evolving Superman.

"Man of Steel," seen in the 3D Imax format for this review, is super in every way imaginable: super computer-generated special effects, super action, super chest-pounding loud and super long.

Yes, "Man of Steel" is super-sized.

Getting format choices out of the way first and it's a certainly a choice, as you can see "Man of Steel" in 2D, 3D, Imax and 3D Imax I think it's unnecessary to see the movie in 3D Imax, but Michael "Movie Maven" Gontkosky begs to differ.

Munopco debuts 'Shout!'

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Victoria Lang, a co-creator of "Shout! The Mod Musical," which makes its Lehigh Valley debut in the MunOpCo Music Theatre production, 8 p.m. June 28, 29 and 2 p.m. June 30, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, is pleased to see the show being done in "her own backyard."

"I had a phone call from Victoria Lang," says Larry A. Williams, MunOpCo artistic director who is directing "Shout!" "She lives in Brigantine, N.J. She said the show is touring all over the world and it's nice to see that someone in her own backyard is doing it."