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THEATER REVIEWS Take 'The 39 Steps' to comedy at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Tuesday, June 25, 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.

At the conclusion of "The 39 Steps," through July 14, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University,...

Zen 'Luau' back at Godfrey's

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

In my world there are three signs of summer: grass that needs cutting twice a week, swimming pools full of screaming children and Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau."

This is the fifth year that the Zen crew is back at Godfrey Daniel's, Bethehem, at 7 p.m. June 28 for the vacation season with their magical musical "Luau." And even if you don't have a road trip on the books, composer and guitarist Mike Krisukas and his band will take you to the Islands and promises to return you to reality...

'Oklahoma!' inspires courage

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by DENNIS RAZZE Special to The Press in Focus

Like many others, I grew up on the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. My first exposure to them was on film.

The wonderful movies such as "South Pacific," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma!" were my favorites. I especially loved the onscreen chemistry in "Oklahoma!" between Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

As I grew a little older, I was cast in these shows in high school and in summer theaters, mostly in ensemble roles. I loved to sing Richard Rodgers' music (I...

LV WRITERS

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Marilyn Hazelton, Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School, talks and leads workshops at The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group June meeting, 10 a.m. June 22, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

The morning program is free and open to the public. The afternoon workshop is free for members with a fee for nonmembers. Registration required: glvwg.org

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Crazy" for choreography: "Crazy for You" choreographer Karen Dearborn, above left, with, left to right, Patrick McTamany, Chelsea Montgomery-Duban, Ryan Skerchak, Tommy McCarthy and Joe Marx inspires the dancers at the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. The 1992 Tony Award winner for best musical and choreography continues through June 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The show features some of the best-loved...

ALLENTOWN FAIR

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The deadline for the 2013 Allentown Fair Queen contest has been extended to June 21.

The fair queen makes appearances and represents the fair during the event's Aug. 27 - Sept. 2 run, at the State Fair Queen Contest in January and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit organization that has been operating the fair for 161 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties who possess an ability to...

Moravian College to host LV Classical Guitar Festival

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Moravian College Department of Music hosts the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival, June 22, Peter Hall, Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Bethlehem.

This year's guest artists are Julian Gray, Serap Bastepe-Gray, Pat Sise, Mark Edwards, Glenn Caluda and David Pace.

The festival, directed by Moravian College alumnus James Schultheis '10, is a full-day of recitals, workshops, master classes and concerts. The event is co-sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Society...

THEATER REVIEW 'Oklahoma!' more than OK; it's fantastic at PSF

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival opens its 22nd season with an exuberant, stupendous and memorable production of the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "Oklahoma!"

PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze pulls out all the stops in his thoughtful yet zealous direction of the huge cast of 25, a dynamic 14-piece orchestra conducted by music director Nathan Diehl and rambunctious boot-scootin' boogie choreography by Stephen Casey.

"Oklahoma!" continues through June...

'Frances Ha' has its moments

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Frances Ha" is not your typical funny-ha-ha film.

That's not unusual because the films of "Frances Ha" director Noah Baumbach are noted for his skewed takes and skewering of this American life, including "Kicking and Screaming" (1995), "Mr Jealousy" (1997), "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), "Margo at The Wedding" (2007) and "Greenberg" (2010).

That's also not unusual for the films of "Frances Ha" star Greta Gerwig, noted for her skewed performances and skewering of these...

Karen Dearborn's 'Crazy' choreography

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

First of three parts

Choreography: How does it begin? Where does it come from?

Explains Karen Dearborn, a professor and founding Director of Dance at Muhlenberg College, who choreographed "Crazy for You" for the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, where the Tony-winning Gershwin musical continues through June 30:

"Choreographing for a musical starts with research, reading the play, listening to the music, researching the dances of the period and understanding the original...