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Review: ‘Loving’

Friday, December 16, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Loving” the film is about Loving the family. The title is ironic. The Lovings were arrested for getting married.

“Loving” is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple arrested because their marriage was illegal in Virginia. Their fight for justice became a legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

The Lovings were vindicated. Richard and Mildred Loving were plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case, Loving v. Virginia, that struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Theater Review: A behind-the-scenes visit to ‘SantaLand’ at Civic514

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be one of Santa’s elves at Christmastime, “The SantaLand Diaries” gives you the inside scoop, a scoop of coal, that is, right in your Christmas stocking that will crack you up with laughter.

Jarrod Yuskauskas, in the role of David in the one-man show, does the heavy lifting. The result is heavy laughter.

Theater Review: In ‘Follies’ we trust at Touchstone

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a tradition that’s akin to the Christmastime hanging of the greens.

Call it the hanging of the quilt.

You know it’s “Follies” time when the big quilt patchwork curtain hangs over the stage of Touchstone Theatre on Bethlehem’s south side.

The show’s different each year. The curtain’s the same.

For the 2016 holiday season, “Christmas City Follies XVII” is a sanctuary city.

‘Oratorio’ centerpiece of Christmas season for Bach Choir

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” holds a central place in the Bach Choir of Bethlehem canon.

The “Christmas Oratorio” has been presented at the Bach Festival in Bethlehem in 1903, 1904, 1916, 1925, 1934, 1946, 1950, 1955, 1965, 1973 and 1998.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents the “Christmas Oratorio,” Parts 4, 5 and 6, in its annual “Christmas Concerts,” 8 p.m. Dec. 10, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 11, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem.

‘Santaland’ ‘ho, ho,’ home for holiday at Civic Theatre

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To begin with, “Santaland” is the legendary Christmas season attraction at Macy’s Herald Square, New York City.

“SantaLand Diaries” is the legendary humorous essay by David Sedaris based on his experiences working as an Elf in Macy’s “Santaland” in the New York City store. The essay read by Sedaris was first broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” in December 1992. A longer version aired in December 1996 on Public Radio International’s “This American Life.” The essay was published in the literary collections, “Barrel Fever” (1994) and “Holidays on Ice” (1997).

$5.5-milion ‘Next Act’ campaign to restore Civic 19th Street Theatre

Friday, December 2, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Lehigh Valley Trust Building was a magnificent setting for the launch of a magnificent new project for Civic Theatre of Allentown: “The Next Act: Setting the Stage for the Future,” a $5.5-million Capital Campaign to return “the historic 19th Street Theatre to its original splendor as a landmark arts facility and focal point of Art Deco architecture.”

The capital campaign is said to be the most ambitious project in the history of the 88-year-old theater.

Movie Review: ‘Beasts’

Friday, December 2, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

While many Harry Potter fans may love “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” this Harry Potter fan did not. To put it simply: “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” is one of the worst films of 2016.

A “Harry Potter” film was an event for my son, Elias, and me. After graduating Magna cum laude in Honors Chemistry from Moravian College, Elias is studying for a PhD in chemistry at graduate school. Elias is doing his own wizardry. So, your intrepid reviewer had to go it alone.