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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Family Project: College not for all

Friday, June 14, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My daughter has been accepted at a college, and I am happy for her, but I am not sure she is ready or mature enough to go. I’m also considering the loans that she is going to have to incur to attend. What if she doesn’t do well, or drops out? Is college for everyone?

“I’m not sure parents ever feel their child is mature enough to leave home,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said.

Theater Review: Exuberant ‘In the Heights’ opens NCC Summer Theatre

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Northampton Community College Summer Theatre has opened its third annual season with the spirited musical “In the Heights,” set in a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City’s Washington Heights.

The musical received four Tony Awards, including best musical and best score. The show’s music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of “Hamilton.”

“In the Heights” continues through June 16 in Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, NCC main campus, Bethlehem Township.

Theater Review: ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at The Pines

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well at The Pines Dinner Theatre in its latest production, “Rock Around the Clock,” continuing Wednesday through Sunday through July 7.

With reminders of sock hops, jukeboxes and malt shops, the revue has more than 50 hits from the 1950s and ‘60s, including “Rock Around the Clock,” popularized by Bill Haley & The Comets.

Theater Review: ‘Joseph’ amazing at The Pennsylvania Playhouse

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

There are lots of superlatives in this theater review of The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” because it is a standout in every category, from its multicolored set, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, to its uniformly talented cast of 30. The musical continues June 14-16 at the Playhouse.

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen’s ‘Topsy Turvy’ lives up to its title

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Topsy Turvy” is an apt name for the Crowded Kitchen Players’ latest play written and directed by Ara Barlieb.

In two acts, the cast of 14 cavorts, cross-dresses and intentionally overacts their way through the wackiness. The June 7 opening night performance was seen for this review of the rapid-fire comedy’s world premiere, continuing June 14-16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Bethlehem.

Barlieb loosely based his latest play on Aristophanes’ ancient tale of “Lysistrata,” where the women of Athens, Greece, pledge to withhold sex from their husbands until all wars end.

Theater Review: ‘Joseph’ amazing at The Pennsylvania Playhouse

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

There are lots of superlatives in this theater review of The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” because it is a standout in every category, from its multicolored set, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, to its uniformly talented cast of 30. The musical continues June 7-9 and June 14-16 at the Playhouse.

The Family Project: Punishing 4-year-old

Friday, May 31, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My four-year-old daughter is acting up in Pre-K, specifically at lunch and nap times. I have also caught her lying about things that she has done. What are some age-appropriate punishments?

The panel had an immediate negative reaction to the question about punishments for the four-year old.

Calling the situation “double indemnity,” panelist Denise Continenza said she struggles with the idea that parents have to deal with a child that does something wrong in Pre-K and suffers the consequences, and then comes home to more consequences.

The Family Project: bickering boys

Sunday, May 26, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My two boys, ages eight and five, cannot get along. They are always fighting. They get along great with their friends, and they are wonderful when we have each of them alone. As soon as they are in the same room, there is constant bickering. It is so exhausting to have to come home to this after a long day at work. We have tried ignoring it, as well as punishing them, but it doesn’t help. Any suggestions?

The Family Project: Discuss dog’s illness

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My wife and I adopted a lovable mutt before we started our family. Our children have not known life without Sheba. However, the dog has developed multiple health issues in her old age, and we are holding off making decisions about putting her to rest because we don’t know how the children, ages 5 and 3, will handle it. We don’t want the dog to suffer, but we don’t want our children to be sad, either. What is the best way to handle this?

“Dying, whether people or animals, is a way of life,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

Theater Review: ‘Fun Home’ astounding visit at Civic

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Fun Home,” the tragicomic musical through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, is an astounding piece dramatic art.

The winner of five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2015, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, tells the story of a young girl’s dysfunctional family in an extremely innovative and heart-rending way.