“Maudie” is a charming film based on the real-life story of Maud Lewis (1903-1970), a Nova Scotia folk artist with a disability whose paintings brought her national attention in Canada.
Look for an Oscar actress nomination for Sally Hawkins, who portrays Maud with brash reverence and raw-nerved reality.
Also look for an Oscar supporting actor nomination for Ethan Hawke, who plays Maud’s husband, Everett, with barely-repressed anger.
Maud, rejected by her Aunt Ida (Gabrielle Rose) and brother, Charlie (Zachary Bennett), answers Everett’s ad for a housekeeper.
The 2017 season of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has been a fight to the finish.
Think about it: “Evita” (fight for power), “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (death and detective work), “The Three Musketeers” (sword fights), “As You Like It” (wrestling), and “Troilus And Cressida” (also, wrestling, and the deaths of Hector and Patroclus).
A contract for boilers maintenance at schools in the Northampton Area School District has been approved by the board of education.
The three-year service agreement at a cost of $13,176 annually with Loikits Industrial Services Inc., Coplay, from July 1 through June 30, 2020, to clean, inspect and service the district’s boilers is for the following costs and locations:
$2,728 at George Wolf Elementary School for three boilers and one water heater;
$3,790 at Northampton Area High School for three boilers, one water heater and two kitchen roof units;
Up close & personal: State Theatre’s Shelley Brown promises fans more ‘Wow’ for venue’s 2017-18 season
“The Wow Factor” is in effect for the 2017-18 season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
The 2016-17 season at the historic State Theatre was billed as “90 years of Wow.”
State Theatre President and CEO Shelley Brown says when she was planning the 2017-18 season she made sure that the 91st year would continue to “Wow.”
“It really inspired me that it was really important to me that we’re ready for 90 more,” says Brown. “That’s why the tag line, “Nobody does it better.’
“The Hero” is a heroic movie about Hollywood, with an Oscar nominee-bound performance by the inestimable Sam Elliott, a wonderful performance by Laura Prepon (a deserved supporting actress Oscar nominee) and a solid turn by the always interesting Nick Offerman.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has saved the best for last in its 2017 season (“Troilus and Cressida,” July 26-Aug. 6, notwithstanding) with a splendid production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” which bookends a season that opened with the spectacular “Evita” (June 14-July 2).
“As You Like It” is in repertory with “The Three Musketeers,” through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. In other words, it’s the same cast in different roles. “As You Like It” was seen opening night, July 22, for this review.
During what is traditionally considered to be the peak house sales season, the summer months, sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley moved back to negative territory.
Closed sales decreased 2.4 percent in June to 893 houses sold, compared to 915 in June 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).
At midyear 2017, closed sales are up 4 percent to 3,878 from 3,728 year-to-date in 2016.
The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “My Fair Lady” is more than fair.
“Despicable Me 3” isn’t so much despicable as bland.
This time, Steven Carell gets to voice two characters of the film’s title, the original “Despicable Me,” Gru, and now his twin brother, Dru.
The saving grace in the third of the “Despicable” series (“DM2,” 2012, and the original “Despicable Me,” 2010) are, of course, the Minions, those one and two goggle-eyed, blue denim bib overall-wearing, yellow vitamin capsule looking, nonsense-spouting characters.
“The Three Musketeers” mantra of “All for one, and one for all” sums up the sword-wielding comedy-drama at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
The show’s full title, “Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers Adapted From The Novel by Alexandre Dumas,” underscores the “one for all” approach to the material, staging, acting and direction. The July 12 opening night performance of “The Three Musketeers” was seen for this review.