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Theater Review: From Russia, with humor at CKP

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Too Clever By Half" is one of those plays that's too clever for its own good.

In the Crowded Kitchen Players' (CKP) production of "Too Clever By Half," subtitled "A Diary Of A Scoundrel," the agit-prop of the script gets in the way of the props, of which there are few.

"Too Clever By Half" continues weekends through June 29, McCoole's Arts And Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown.

Theater Review: From Russia, with humor at CKP

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Too Clever By Half" is one of those plays that's too clever for its own good.

In the Crowded Kitchen Players' (CKP) production of "Too Clever By Half," subtitled "A Diary Of A Scoundrel," the agit-prop of the script gets in the way of the props, of which there are few.

"Too Clever By Half" continues weekends through June 29, McCoole's Arts And Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown.

Ellis Paul 'Chasing' heroes in concert at Godfrey's

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Ellis Paul, one of the most respected folk performers of our time, with a 20-year career and tours that have spanned the globe, has impressed fans not only with his music, but also with poetry, songwriting and children's records.

With 19 album releases and an unprecedented 15 Boston Music Awards to his name, Paul will be inducted into the Maine Music Hall of Fame next month.

Paul presents a concert, 8 p.m. June 20, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

Under The Streetlamp recreates Baby Boomer song era

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Christopher Kale Jones, a former cast member of Broadway's "Jersey Boys," brings doo-wop and classic rock 'n' roll to the stage as part of the four-man vocal group, Under the Streetlamp, 7:30 p.m. June 25, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

The quartet, dubbed the "retro Rat Pack," has enjoyed a wave of popularity ever since the airing of their popular PBS TV specials and subsequent DVD releases.

Jones, a Northwestern University graduate, performed 1950's and 60's songs with the touring cast of "Jersey Boys" on their nights off.

Spotlight On: Tegan and Sara making their voices heard

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Tegan and Sara are bringing their headlining tour to Bethlehem, inviting fans for some "Let's Make Things Physical" fun.

Canadian twin sisters, LGBT activists, singer-songwriters and indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara Quin perform at 7:45 p.m. June 23, Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Drive, Bethlehem.

Tegan and Sara's seventh studio album and latest release "Heartthrob" (2013) was listed on the Billboard charts, with the single "Closer."

Theater Review: A rousing 'Fiddler' at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You have probably seen a stage production or the movie version of 'Fiddler On The Roof."

Even so, you have probably not seen a "Fiddler On The Roof" as fine as that of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's (PSF) 50th anniversary production, through June 29, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley.

Theater Review: 'Chorus Line' rocks Muhlenberg stage

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Seventeen audition in a process that reveals not only their talent, but personal lives and character.

No, it's not "American Idol," "America's Got Talent" or "So You Think You Can Dance," but rather an inspiration for reality TV talent show competitions.

It's "A Chorus Line," where 17 dancers compete for eight spots in the dancing, singing and acting chorus of a Broadway show.

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of "A Chorus Line" continues through June 29, Paul C. Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Let's get "Physical": Grammy nominees Tegan and Sara, above, present their "Let's Make Things Physical Tour," 7:30 p.m. June 23, Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The duo, formed in 1995, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, are twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin. Their first album, "Under Feet Like Ours" (1999) caught the attention of Neil Young's manager, Elliot Roberts, who signed them to Vapor Records. "So Jealous" (2004) included the hit, "Walking With A Ghost." "Get Along" (2011), a CD-DVD compilation, received a Grammy nomination.

Musical contrast

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

'A Chorus Line,' 'Monty Python's Spamalot' premiere top Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre 34th season

The 34th annual Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) season is a contrast of three musicals:

"A Chorus Line," through June 29, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown;

"Spamalot," July 9 - 27, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theater and Dance, Muhlenberg, and

"Gruff," June 18 - July 26, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion.