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

Wednesday, June 26, 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.

Choreography in 'Oklahoma!' a dream

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Oklahoma!" is history-making as the first show in musical theater to use dance to advance the plot so successfully and extensively.

Agnes de Mille, who choreographed the first production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" in 1943, was among the great ensemble of choreographers of the 1940's era, including George Balanchine in classical ballet, Gene Kelly with dance in film, and Martha Graham, a pioneer of modern dance.

Pretty amazing

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Kreskin will be there and he promises so will State Theatre's legendary Fred

It's both thrilling and frightening to have someone tell you, "Even now, I know what you are thinking!"

And yet, that's exactly what The Amazing Kreskin, world-renowned mentalist, will be doing, starting at 8 p.m. June 28, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton: telling people what they are thinking.

Kreskin's show consists of two and one-half hours of the audience participating in amazing mental sleight-of-hands for example, having six audience members (non-confederates picked at random) on stage, each one convinced that one of them isn't there.

Cast creates a 'Beauty' of a 'Beast' at PSF

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

An inspired, high-spirited cast in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of "Beauty and the Beast" delivers a terrifically enchanting retelling of The Brothers Grimm's classic children's story as retold for the stage by Michele. L. Vacca.

Gina Lamparella directs this charming show, through Aug. 3, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by PHOTO BY SG POND in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

A "Luau, Luau": Whoa, baby, you gotta go to Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau," 8 p.m. June 28, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Zen for Primates, above, is back, spreading mature mirth and musical mayhem on a warm summer night. "Life Is A Cabaret," my friend, whenever they show up. With the mysterious T.

'Man of Steel' super-sized

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Man of Steel" is the latest makeover in the 75-year history of the ever-evolving Superman.

"Man of Steel," seen in the 3D Imax format for this review, is super in every way imaginable: super computer-generated special effects, super action, super chest-pounding loud and super long.

Yes, "Man of Steel" is super-sized.

Getting format choices out of the way first and it's a certainly a choice, as you can see "Man of Steel" in 2D, 3D, Imax and 3D Imax I think it's unnecessary to see the movie in 3D Imax, but Michael "Movie Maven" Gontkosky begs to differ.

Munopco debuts 'Shout!'

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Victoria Lang, a co-creator of "Shout! The Mod Musical," which makes its Lehigh Valley debut in the MunOpCo Music Theatre production, 8 p.m. June 28, 29 and 2 p.m. June 30, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, is pleased to see the show being done in "her own backyard."

"I had a phone call from Victoria Lang," says Larry A. Williams, MunOpCo artistic director who is directing "Shout!" "She lives in Brigantine, N.J. She said the show is touring all over the world and it's nice to see that someone in her own backyard is doing it."

Article By: The Press

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Header:CINEMA

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Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300

"Before Midnight," 7:45 p.m. June 26; 4:30 p.m. June 27

"What Maise Knew," 7:30 p.m. June 26; 4:15, 7:30 p.m. June 27

"Young Frankenstein," 10:45 p.m. June 29

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show," 11:30 p.m. June 28, 29

"Pride of the Yankees," 7:15 p.m. June 30

"The Muppets," 8 p.m. June 26, Levitt Pavilion. Free

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VALLEY VIVALDI

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Concert June 30

Valley Vivaldi continues at 7:30 p.m. June 30, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The program includes concert-opener, Vivaldi's "Flute Concerto in E Minor," Robin Kani; flute; Giuseppe Tartini's "Trumpet Concerto in D," Lawrence Wright, trumpet; Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, No. 4 (BWV 1049), and works are byLuigi Boccherini and Johann J. Quantz.

A reception with Pennsylvania Sinfonia musicians follows.

THEATER REVIEW Couldn't ask for anything more with 'Crazy for You'

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) 33rd-season opening production of "Crazy for You" is crazy fun and crazy good. It's as if an MGM musical has come to life in west Allentown in Technicolor.

The all-dancing, all-singing musical with many of George and Ira Gershwin's most popular songs (12 in Act One and eight in Act Two), continues through June 30, Dorothy H. Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.