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Monday, February 24, 2020

Curtain Rises: ‘The Humans’ in LV premiere is ‘real life’ comedy-drama at Civic

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

“The Humans” premieres in the Lehigh Valley at Civic Theatre of Allentown, opening Feb. 7 and continuing through Feb. 23.

You may not have heard of the play, but you will probably find that the characters in the play are very familiar.

“You feel that they could be your friends,” says director Will Morris, Civic Theatre Associate Artistic Director-Production Manager, who’s directing the show at Civic.

“You can watch a character and say, ‘You know that person.’ You might...

Readers Oscars Contest Entry Form

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 92th Academy Awards.

LEAD ACTOR

- Antonio Banderas,

“Pain And Glory”

- Leonardo DiCaprio,

“Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood”

- Adam Driver,

“Marriage Story”

- Joaquin Phoenix,

“Joker”

- Jonathan Pryce,

“The Two Popes”

LEAD ACTRESS

- Cynthia Erivo,

“Harriet”

- Scarlett...

Movie Review: Down the ‘Rabbit’ hole

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Jojo Rabbit” is in the tradition of satire that includes the movies of Monty Python (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” 1975; “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” 1979, and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” 1983), a tradition that goes back at least to the infamous Jonathan Swift essay (“A Modest Proposal,” 1729).

Since “Jojo Rabbit” is, in large part, a satire about Adolph Hitler, its satiric movie predecessors include Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (1967) and Charlie Chaplin’s “The...

Enter Readers Pick Oscar winners contest

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2020 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2019 theatrical motion picture releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 9, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on ABC-TV.

The Press Focus section again presents the “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest. The person who picks the most correct number of Oscar recipients in the contest’s...

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Time for “Rent”: The 20th anniversary production of “Rent” has two performances, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 9, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton. “For the past 20 years, ‘Rent’ has touched the lives of audiences around the world from Broadway to regional productions to high school auditoriums,” says Producer Stephen Gabriel. “Rent,” a reimagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” premiered off-Broadway in 1996 and transferred to Broadway, winning the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer...

Bringing ‘Rent’ character to life rewarding for actress

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

The 20th anniversary tour of the award-winning rock musical “Rent” stops for two performances, 3 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” tells the story of seven struggling artists trying to find their place in the world while pursuing their dreams without selling out. The action and drama unfold in Lower Manhattan’s East Village during the heyday of the Bohemian Alphabet City neighborhood, with the HIV-AIDS epidemic not only looming...

Lincoln book talk

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

Dr. Matthew Pinsker presents a lecture, “Lincoln’s Greatest Moment: August 23, 1864,” 1 p.m. Feb. 8, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The lecture celebrates the 16th president’s birthday. Slices of Lincoln’s favorite white-almond cake made from Mary Lincoln’s original recipe will be available.

“This is an outstanding program for the whole family to celebrate the life of a great American president...

4th ‘Jakopa’s Punch Bowl’ benefits Touchstone Theatre

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

Imagine hearing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” performed with a boisterous Bourbon Street twist.

The resulting sound and image best describes the nine-piece music ensemble Jakopa’s Punch.

The Touchstone Theatre house band performs its fourth annual Mardi Gras-themed “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

The evet, a fundraiser for the south side Bethlehem theater, includes New Orleans-style food and complimentary wine and beer.

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