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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘Dictators 4 Dummies’ musical is Touchstone world premiere

Friday, April 6, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For writer and director Christopher Shorr, the creation of “Dictators 4 Dummies” started as early as 2014.

“Dictators 4 Dummies” has its world premiere, April 5-15, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

“It began as a research into a phenomenon. I was looking into the odd situation of people not seeming to recognize these ... moves from ‘The Fascist Playbook,’ if you will,” Shorr explains.

Shorr, Director of Theatre, Moravian College, devised the original title, “The Fascist...

The Machine more than Pink Floyd tribute band

Friday, April 6, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band in its 30th year, has sold out theaters and clubs across North and Central America, Europe and Asia, and appeared at music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, and Germany’s “Rock of Ages.”

“The Machine: America’s Premiere Live Pink Floyd Experience” stops at 8 p.m. April 6, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Expect to hear a mix of Pink Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, including faithful renditions of...

Respectfully Yours: hotel tipping

Friday, April 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our family plans on traveling more frequently this summer. I’m never sure how much and when to tip housekeeping, concierge, valet, etc. I would like to know the basic guidelines for tipping hotel staff.

Dear Reader,

Hotel tipping is one of those things that can confuse even the most experienced of travelers. The hospitality business model is built on showmanship and catering to you. When you arrive at a hotel, people immediately spring into action to make...

Charter Arts: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

A Broadway musical swirls around a theater fan as he sits in his apartment at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts with “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7 p.m. April 11, 12, 13, 14 and 2 p.m. April 15, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

With music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, “The Drowsy Chaperone” opened on Broadway in 2006, receiving 13 Tony nominations and receiving five...

Bethlehem Catholic: ‘Godspell’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“Godspell” will grace the stage at 7 p.m. April 13, 14, 20, 21, and 2 p.m. April 15, auditorium, Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak, the rock musical, based on the Biblical Gospel of Saint Matthew, debuted off-Broadway in 1971, and made its Broadway premiere in 1976, receiving one 1977 Tony Award nomination.

Debbie Acampora is the director of the Becahi production, assisted...

ASO Series

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ARTS AT ST. JOHN’S:

The second 2018 “ASO Chamber Series” concert, presented by the Allentown Symphony Association with Arts at St. John’s, features Jonathan Clark, Principal Horn, Allentown Symphony Orchestra; Michael Toth, Principal Pianist, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Ruotao Mao, violinist, 12:10 p.m. April 10, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Alentown.

The approximate 50-minute program is “Laudatio,” by Bernhard Krol (unaccompianied horn); “Horn...

The Family Project: Sleepover advise

Friday, April 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Q. My seven-year-old was invited to sleep over at a friend’s house. I hardly know the family, and my son just met the boy this year in first grade. I don’t want to disappoint my son. He is so excited about the sleepover. But I am really worried. How do I approach this with the parents of his new friend and not sound like I am being snobbish or judgmental?

The first reaction from panelist Wanda Mercado-Arroyo was to tell the parent that it was a good thing to be worried: “Parents...

Healthy Geezer: Here comes the sun

Friday, April 6, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Most public health messages have focused on the hazards of too much sun exposure. But there is some sunny news about the sun.

Sunlight increases the body’s vitamin D supply. In seniors, vitamin D protects against osteoporosis, a disorder in which the bones become increasingly brittle. Vitamin D also protects against cancer, heart disease, and other maladies.

There are other benefits a daily dose of sunlight.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is...

Review: ‘Getting Grace’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Getting Grace” might very well be the first nationally-released feature movie to be filmed entirely in the Lehigh Valley.

Theatrically-released movies filmed on location or with scenes at one or more Lehigh Valley locations include: ”Glass” (set for 2019 release), “Heroes Of Dirt” (2015), “Bereavement” (2010), “InSearchOf” (2009), “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen” (2008), “Signs” (2002), “Just For The Time Being” (2000), “The Florentine” (1997), “School Ties” (1992), “Hairspray...