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Theater Review: 'Two Gents' a romp-com at PSF

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

William Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen Of Verona" brings fizzy summer fun to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, through July 13, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The production is paced by fine lead performances, but, as often happens with Shakespeare's romantic comedies, while the play may be the thing, the clowns have it. "Two Gents" is a romp-com.

Movie Review: 'Dragon' whisperer, too

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The animated feature sequel, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" (HTTYD2), could have been subtitled "The Dragon Whisperer."

Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), the lead Dragon Rider, cajoles his charge, Toothless (Randy Thom) back to the fold.

The challenge this time around in "HTTYD2" is that of Drago (voiced by Djimon Hounsou), the evil overlord of the dragons. He controls the dragons to control humans.

Hiccup must overcome the challenge to rally the Vikings and their dragons to ensure his role as heir-apparent and become chief of the Vikings on the island of Berk.

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.

NASD budget approved with 2.47 percent tax hike

Thursday, June 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Nearly five months after it was proposed, the Northampton Area School District has a 2014-15 budget.

The final budget has been approved, but not without a few naysayers on the NASD school board, including board President David Gogel, who stuck to his stance for a lower tax hike.

The $91,592,153 general fund budget, approved by a 6-3 vote June 9, carries an increase of 1.18 mills, or 2.47 percent, from 47.71 mills to 48.89 mills.

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.

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.

Theater Review: A memorable 'Mockingbird' at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"To Kill A Mockingbird," through June 15, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, is an example of Lehigh Valley community regional theater at its finest.

From the opening sounds of a summer's day in Alabama in 1935, to the concluding harmonica refrain (by Steven Capwell as a Townsperson), to an impressively realistic set, this is the best non-musical area production seen to date this year.