Salisbury Press

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Review: ‘Pets 2’

Friday, June 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

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.

Director Chris Renaud (“The Secret Life of Pets,” 2016; “The Lorax,” 2012; “Despicable Me,” 2010; “Despicable Me 2,” 2013), Parkland High School, Class of 1985, graduate, along with co-director...

Respectfully Yours: Gossip reflects poorly

Friday, June 21, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have a friend who I really like, with one exception. She will tell me things others have told her and it makes me uncomfortable. It makes me wonder what she says about me when I am not around. I would like to be able to keep this friendship, but not being able to speak freely with her makes me uncomfortable. How can I steer the conversation away from gossip?

Dear Reader, Gossip is unnecessary, unflattering and reflects poorly on character.

It would...

The Family Project: Summer programs

Friday, June 21, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Summer begins June 21. I am wondering what to do with my children, ages 8-15, to keep them active, safe and moving forward educationally. I don’t have money to send them to camp and I don’t want them spending their time in front of the computer or TV or on their phones. Any suggestions?

The panel had lots of suggestions. It would have been helpful to know how many children are being discussed and what their genders are.

“Interests will vary depending on how old each of the...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, June 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 19: Hamburger, broccoli / cauliflower, peaches.

Thursday, June 20: Caprese chicken, roasted potatoes, peas, Mandarin oranges.

Friday, June 21: Apricot pork loin, mashed sweet potato, cauliflower, fruit cocktail.

Monday, June 24: Chicken and peppers, cilantro rice, succotash, orange.

Tuesday, June 25: Peach pork chop, mashed potato, wax beans, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, June 26: Macaroni and cheese,...

Theater Review: ‘Crazy for You’ taps into talent at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of “Crazy for You” is crazy good on multiple levels.

Singing, dancing, choreography, music, acting, set design and costuming are beyond superlatives. PSF’s “Crazy for You” will captivate and transport you to Broadway’s Golden Age of all-singing, all-dancing, all-fun musicals.

A veritable stampede of tap dancers takes over the Main Stage in Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, where “Crazy for You”...

Theater Review: Three cheers for ‘Bring It On’ at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “Bring It On” lives up to its title.

The adage about an actor being a triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) in theater is taken one step further to become a quadruple-threat with the addition of cheerleading (including backflips, front-flips, lifts and drops that one would see at high school and college sports contests) in “Bring It On,” through June 30, Paul C. Empie Theatre, Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Center for the...

‘Their chance to shine’ In 21st year, City Arts Camp middle school offerings in second year at CMS

Friday, June 14, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

City Arts Camp, a collaboration of the Allentown Art Museum, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, Miller Symphony Hall and Repertory Dance Theatre, provides students a fun and exciting experience in art, dance, music and theater.

The six established arts and cultural organizations came together 21 years ago to create a week of artistic exploration for children, providing an interdisciplinary, comprehensive introduction to the arts, while...

‘Topsy Turvy’ returns Players to comedy roots

Friday, June 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a change of pace for Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) and a return to the Lehigh Valley troupe’s comedy roots.

“I knew I wanted to do a comedy because we did a show about rape, PTSD and child sexual abuse,” says Ara Barlieb, CKP cofounder and writer of “Topsy Turvy,” in its world premiere, continuing at 8 p.m. June 14, 15 and 2 p.m. June 16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

CKP’s most recent plays were “A Softening of Her Eyes,” which dealt with the topics...

‘Rocketman’

Friday, June 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Rocketman” is a movie that wants to become a musical.

I predict “Rocketman” the movie will be transformed into a hugely successful, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, following the conclusion of Sir Elton John’s farewell tour.

Early on in “Rocketman,” Sir Elton John reminisces about his youth as Reginald Dwight (remarkable Matthew Illesley in his movie acting debut), his given name, growing up in a working-class home in Great Britain. The entire neighborhood breaks out in...

PSF ‘Robin Hood’ fun introduction to theater

Friday, June 14, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of “The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian” says the show is intended as a fun introduction to theater for childen.

“The basic nature of the story is not complicated, so hopefully it’s a chance for children to see a live performance that is really unique to them,” says Director Matt Pfeiffer, a Philadelphia-born actor and DeSales University graduate.

“Introducing kids to the theater at three-years-old helps...