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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Dumbo’

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The live-action “Dumbo” movie is an entertaining comedy-drama that the entire family should enjoy.

Movies rated PG or G movies are typically in the minority of theatrical feature movie releases, and “Dumbo” is one of them.

Based on a report by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which administers movie ratings, more than 50 percent of movies released since the rating system went into effect 50 years ago received an R rating, that is, 17,202 films. That compares to 5,578 films rated PG, 4,913 films rated PG-13 (implemented in 1984), and 1,574 films rated G.

The Family Project: Practice patience

Friday, April 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am the parent of three wonderful children, but sometimes I just run out of patience with them, whether it is having to remind them to hang up their coats, or turn off the lights when they leave the room, or put away their playthings. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is important to me, and sometimes I just lose it. How can I become more patient?

True to life: Chazz Palminteri brings his ‘Bronx Tale’ to State Theatre

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Renowned actor, screenwriter, producer and playwright Chazz Palminteri brings his legendary one-man show, “A Bronx Tale,” which spawned a critically-acclaimed film of the same title, to the State Theatre Center for the Arts for one performance, 7:30 p.m. April 12.

The 1993 movie that starred Robert De Niro, who directed the film, is based on Palminteri’s 1989 play, directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.

Night On The Town: Sins no more? Not so fast

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It may not be the last gig, but it’s one that reunites the original lineup of the Original Sins in concert for the first time in about two decades.

Muihlenberg College radio station, WMUH, 91.7-FM, wmuh.org, presents the Original Sins with St. John’s Alliance, 8 p.m. April 13, Event Center, Seegers Union. Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

The Sins’ original band members, John Terlesky, vocals, guitar, songwriter; Ken Bussiere, bass; Dan McKinney, keyboards, and Dave Ferrara, drums, are getting back together for the concert.

Theater Review: ‘Magnolias” in bloom at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse is marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the motion picture, “Steel Magnolias,” with its own superb stage production of the bittersweet comedy-drama about the bond among a group of women at a beauty shop in a small Southern town whose lives are changed with the death of one of their own.

The play, which continues April 12-14, 19 and 20 at the Bethlehem theater, was written by Robert Harling as a way to cope one month after his sister’s death from complications of diabetes.

Folk music veteran Eric Andersen never gives up on a dream

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Robert Frost’s ambiguous classic poem, “The Road Not Taken,” challenges readers to contemplate life choices: Ultimately, whether to go with the mainstream, or go it alone.

Folksinger-songwriter Eric Andersen’s choice came many years ago and in retrospect he didn’t go it alone, but he most certainly went his own way.

Andersen is in concert, 7 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

Sinfonia says hello Dali in first-ever collaboration

Friday, April 5, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The renowned Dali Quartet accompanies the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in the ensembles’ first-ever collaboration, “Dazzling Dalí,” 7:30 p.m. April 6, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown.

It is the first time the two organizations have worked together, according to Bethlehem native and Dali first violinist Domenic Salerni.

Dieruff: ‘Once on This Island’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Once on This Island” brings the tropics to the stage, 7 p.m. April 25, 26, and 2 and 7 p.m. April 27, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

Based on the novel “My Love, My Love: or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, the musical tells the story of a kind-hearted peasant girl living on a Caribbean island and her attempts to bring different social classes together through the power of love.

Respectfully Yours: Hospitality

Friday, April 5, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was out to dinner with my husband, and the owner of the restaurant came over to our table to talk. The owner is an old friend of my husband. I had never met him. Initially, it seemed fine but I became quickly uncomfortable. The owner stood at the center of our table and kept his back to me. He did not make any effort to acknowledge me. I sat there not sure what to do and clueless as to how to jump into the conversation. What do you do when someone does not acknowledge you?

Dear Reader,

Nazareth: ‘Curtains’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

There’s murder afoot on the stage with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy, 7 p.m. April 11 and 12; 2 and 7 p.m. April 13, and 2 p.m. April 14, auditorium, Nazareth Area High School, 501 E. Center St., Nazareth.

Boston police detective and theater fan Lieutenant Frank Cioffi investigates the demise of the leading lady of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” on opening night in 1959. While trying to solve the mysterious deaths of additional cast and crew from the show, Cioffi attempts to save the day, save the play, and save his love life.