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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Healhy Geezer: Get happy? Get older

Friday, August 2, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Do we get sadder as we get older?

It seems that just the opposite is true. There’s a lot of evidence that we get happier the older we get.

A Gallup telephone poll of 340,000 in the United States concluded that happiness comes with age. However, the poll didn’t uncover the cause of this phenomenon.

Dr. Arthur A. Stone, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was the lead author of a study based on the Gallup survey. He speculated...

Theater Review: ‘Henry IV, Part 1’ essential, great at Pa. Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

They do Shakespeare the old-fashioned way in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of “Henry IV, Part 1,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

It’s old-fashioned as in some 420-years old-fashioned when The King’s Men staged William Shakespeare’s plays at The Globe Theatre, London, England, sans director and sans costume, scenic and lighting designers. The PSF production follows such so-called “original...

Theater Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ energetic, spiritual at NCC

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is an interesting and challenging choice for Northampton Community College Summer Theatre’s 2019 season-closing production, through Aug, 4, Lipkin Theater.

The July 24 opening night performance was seen for this review.

“Superstar” is a rock opera that began as a 1970 concept album by Andrew Lloyd Weber and his frequent collaborator, lyricist Tim Rice.

As a loose interpretation of Jesus’ relationships, feelings and experiences in the last week of...

Theater Review: ‘Avenue Q’ clever, funny at Pa. Playhouse

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Somewhere along the way from “Sesame Street” to The Muppets, there’s a musical neighborhood called “Avenue Q,” where humans and puppets struggle to find their purposes in life.

While normally residing in New York City, from now through Aug. 11, the locals of “Avenue Q” are bringing their joyful songs, personal struggles and hysterical antics to the stage of The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Their visit is being directed by Clair M. Freeman. The 11 fuzzy-headed puppets who...

For Shore: Steven Van Zandt brings Jersey Sound, ‘Summer of Sorcery’ to Easton’s State Theater

Friday, July 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When Steven Van Zandt looked for a folllowup album to his critically-acclaimed “Soulfire” (2017), he knew what he wanted to do. He wanted to capture that sure-fire sensation of summer.

In the midst of the Summer of 2019, his Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul tour stops at 8 p.m. July 26, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton.

At the center of the concert, part of a seven-month tour that takes him and the band across the United States to Europe and back again, are...

Allentown Band, soloists go Broadway in concert

Friday, July 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Band has increased its performance schedule from three to six concerts at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“We’re getting to be the house band,” quips Allentown Band Conductor Ron Demkee.

This includes “Broadway and Beyond,” with tenor Eric Fennell and mezzo-soprano Lauren Curnow, 7:30 p.m. July 27, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“Last year, Symphony Hall initiated the summer series. One was a Broadway-themed concert by the band. The other was ‘Phantom of...

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Friday, July 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Under the big tent: Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns for “Amaluna” July 24-Aug. 25, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, Montgomery County. The show, said to be “a celebration of women,” is created and directed by Tony Award-winning Diana Paulus. The storyline is inspired by Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The large-scale production has a cast mostly of female artists, including Alix Croop of Allentown,...