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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Family Project: Affection

Friday, October 20, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you have a parenting question you would like answered in The Family Project column, email Project Child: projectchildlv.org.

Q. I have two young children. My first child is affectionate and loving, but my second one does not like to be held or cuddled. I am starting to feel as if he doesn’t love me, or that I have done something wrong. Can you tell me why they would be so different?

The Family Project: Belligerent teen

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Editor’s Note: If you have a parenting question you would like answered in The Family Project column, email Project Child: projectchildlv.org.

Why has my teenage daughter suddenly turned against me? My 17-year-old daughter has suddenly become very belligerent towards me. It is hurting my feelings, and I don’t know what to do about it. She was not like this before. She was kind and easy-going. What can I do?

The answer could be that it is behavior stemming from typical adolescent development, according to the panel.

THEATER REVIEW:

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

‘Garden’ Broadway-caliber at Civic

The much-loved and often-performed musical, “The Secret Garden,” is on a national tour and is expected to be revived on Broadway on a yet undisclosed date.

Whenever that happens, though, it is hard to believe that any Great White Way production could surpass by much Civic Theatre of Allentown’s staging of the classic that runs through Oct. 22. To say the least, the Lehigh Valley production of “The Secret Garden” is a music, acting and technical triumph.

The Family Project: Infant’s sleep

Friday, October 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Editor’s Note: ”The Family Project” is a column in the Focus features section that brings together a panel of experts to address parenting questions.

Q. My infant grandson’s parents really need help getting him to sleep at night. He is 16-months-old and has to be taken for a car ride or a stroller ride every night in order for him to fall asleep. Then they transfer him to their bed, where he sleeps the rest of the night. They can’t put him in his crib because he wakes up. They really need help.

Theater Review:

Friday, September 29, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Patsy sings again at The Pines

“Always … Patsy Cline,” through Oct. 22 at The Pine’s Dinner Theatre, Allentown, is an entertaining musical written by Ted Swindley, producer and director of more than 200 plays during the past two decades, and a prolific playwright whose scripts include “Honky Tonk Angels,” a successful Pine’s production earlier this season.

New column offers parenting advice

Friday, September 29, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Editor’s Note: ”The Family Project” is a new column in the Focus features section that brings together a panel of experts to address parenting questions.

Q. My 11-year-old son is out of control. He has bullied kids at school, refuses to listen to me or his teachers, and has been suspended from school multiple times. I don’t know what to do with him, and I am afraid that he is going to end up in jail by the time he is 13 or 14, or I am going to end up dead because I can’t control him.

Theater Review: ‘Sister Act’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Sister Act,” though Aug. 20 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, is an evening of heavenly entertainment, from staging to acting to music direction to set design.

A convert from the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the musical stage version of “Sister Act” showcases music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.

Director Chip Rohrbach assembled a well-balanced and talented cast of singer-actors, somewhat of a miracle given that he had to cast 26 performers, most of whom not only have to sing and dance, but also play multiple roles.

Theater Review: ‘The Bikinis’ a Shore thing at The Pines

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Billed as “a musical beach party,” the Pines Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “The Bikinis,” is an often funny, always entertaining and undeniably nostalgic romp down jukebox memory lane from the 1960s and beyond. “The Bikinis” continues through Aug. 20 at the Pines, Allentown. The opening night July 7 performance was seen for this review.