You know the story in “Toy Story 4”: The toys talk, laugh and scheme to remain in the company of children.
“Toy Story 4” reprises the familiar, from the opening song, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” written and performed by Randy Newman, who composed the score and also wrote some new songs (“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” figures into the theme and plot line), and concludes with the familiar, a happy ending for the toy and the movie-goer, as well.
To turn a phrase from the title song: “Here we go again ... “
And furthermore, “Mamma Mia!”: what a fizzy, fun, sunny musical, through Aug. 3, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope. The June 30 opening night performance was reviewed.
In Broadway parlance, “Mamma Mia!” is a jukebox musical, whereby hit songs are packaged into a revue, strung together by an often biographical story about the group or singer of the hits.
It was a fond farewell for longtime Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles.
After 25 years as police chief in Salisbury, Stiles’ retirement was accepted by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners by a vote of 4-0, with one commissioner absent, at the June 27 meeting.
Commissioner Joanne Ackerman made the motion, seconded by Conn, to accept Stiles’ retirement.
“All Is True” and “The Spy Behind Home Plate” couldn’t be two more disparate films.
“All Is True” is a leisurely, mostly fictional account of the last years of playwright William Shakespeare, directed by Kenneth Branagh, who plays the Bard under extensive facial prosthetics.
“The Spy Behind Home Plate” is a bristling, well-researched documentary film, written and directed by Aviva Kempner about Morris “Moe” Berg, a Major League Baseball catcher who secretly was an international spy.
Each film is worth viewing.
Cirque du Soleil “Crystal” is one-part ice show, one-part circus and all-parts Cirque du Soleil.
“Crystal,” through June 30, PPL Center, Allentown, takes ice-skating and contemporary circus performance arts to a whole new level.
And, while the temperture sign on a bank building across the street at Seventh and Hamilton stated 91 degrees fahrenheit at 7:10 p.m. June 26, on opening night when the show was seen for this review, it was a world of cool creativity inside PPL Center.
On multiple levels, “Crystal” is breathtaking and thrilling.
Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “Constellations” puts a cosmic spin on a romantic relationship that over time travels at the speed of love.
The two-person play, skillfully-directed by William Ross Sanders (Civic Theatre Artistic Director) continues at 7:30 p.m. June 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. June 30. The opening night June 21 performance was seen for this review.
“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.
Concerns about rising water surfaced again at a Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners’ meeting. This time, the topic had to do with springs and not stormwater runoff.
“Somebody authorized a house to be built on three active springs,” Dale Meron, a township resident said.
“Is this a township issue?” Board of Commissioners President Robert Martucci Jr. asked at the June 13 meeting.
“It all depends what the conditions were,” Salisbury Township Solicitor Atty. John W. Ashley replied, adding, “I’ll look into it.”
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.
The concept for “The Secret Life of Pets” was brilliant: What do pets do when their owners are away? It being an animated feature movie, we learned and heard what pets thought and said.
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” gets the pets out of the house to some good and not so good effect.