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Movie Review: ‘The Founder’

Saturday, February 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

After seeing “The Founder,” you may never look at a Big Mac the same way.

For that matter, you may never think about a fast-food restaurant the same way, either.

“The Founder” is about Ray Kroc (a splendid Michael Keaton), a milkshake device salesman who bought out the McDonald brothers, Richard “Dick” McDonald (a great Nick Offerman) and Maurice “Mac” MacDonald (a fine John Carroll Lynch), whose San Bernardino restaurant was the model for fast-food efficiency.

Review: ‘Rogue One’

Friday, December 30, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is, after all, named “Star Wars.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” if not all “Wars,” has enough martial-arts, battles and aerial dogfights to please the ardent “Mortal Kombat” or “Call of Duty” gamer.

“Rogue One,” billed as the first stand-alone in the “Star Wars Anthology,” won’t disappoint “Star Wars” aficionados, should entertain the casual “Star Wars” fan and impress movie-goers.

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

Friday, December 16, 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: ‘Follies’ we trust at Touchstone

Friday, December 16, 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.

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.