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'Shakespeare for everyone'

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Variety is the spice of the 22nd year at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

This year's Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) is not unlike a "who's who" and "greatest hits," with several popular actors and directors returning for a 22nd season that includes a huge musical, comedies and rarely-staged works of The Bard at DeSales University, Center Valley.

Jim Helsinger, Orlando Shakespeare Festival artistic director who has delighted PSF audiences, is back to direct and appear as Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest," July 10 - Aug. 4, Main Stage.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by PHOTO BY CAROL ROSEGG in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

"Altogether ooky": The 2013-2014 National Tour of the musical, "The Addams Family," above, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, comes to the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, for two shows, 7 p.m. June 10 and 11. "The Addams Family" began performances in March 2010 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran through December 2011. The show has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Cohn walking on audience requests

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by DIANE BAKOS Special to The Press in Focus

You wouldn't expect a Grammy award-winning artist to invite requests from the audience during his concerts, but singer-songwriter Marc Cohn says he thrives on that kind exchange of energy.

Which means the Musikfest Café in Bethlehem should be ideal for his concert there, 8 p.m. June 7, since few sit more than about 60 feet from the stage.

"I usually prefer small theaters, or any place where the audience is partly visible and right up close," says Cohn. "It makes for a much more personal, intimate show. I like knowing who's out there."

An 'Epic' disappointment

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The animated family feature movie,"Epic," is beautiful, especially in the 3D format in which it was seen for this review.

Unfortunately, "Epic" lacks a cohesive storyline, the clever dialogue we've grown accustomed to in animated features and memorable animated characters.

That's not good. The art form is, after all, about character animation.

Moreover, the concept for "Epic" is ill-conceived.

CLARIFICATION

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Fashion Academy, Nature and Arts Camp and The Dexter Baker Picking up STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics Camp) are Baum School of Art pARTnership camps and separate from City Arts: Camp for Kids. A headline on a B1 Focus article in the May 29 and 30 Lehigh Valley Press was unclear.

Shakespeare plus in Center Valley

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus

For its 22nd annual season, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has "extra added attractions" intended to enchant, enchance and enrich the theater-going experience. These include:

Prologues" prior to every performance of "Measure for Measure" and "Henry VIII," when PSF officials offer insights 45 minutes before curtain call in the theater.

Opening night, post-show champagne toasts for "Oklahoma!," June 14; "The 39 Steps," June 21; "The Importance of Being Earnest," July 12; "Measure for Measure," July 20; and "Henry VIII," July 25.