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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater (MSMT), at 33 years and counting, is the Lehigh Valley's longest-running summer theater.

MSMT founding Artistic Director Charles Richter is counting on continuing to be involved.

Of this year's season, for which he directs "Crazy For You," June 12 - 30, Richter says, "We're trying to move ahead and be bigger and better than ever."

The season includes "Jesus Christ Superstar," July 10 - 28, and "Seussical," June 19 - July 27, at the...


Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

X marks the spot

The Southside Film Festival (SSFF) is underway.

You may have seen those posters with the big red "X" on them.

The X isn't for the MPAA ratings of the films being shown at the SSFF.

Rather, X is the roman numeral 10, as in the SSFF 10th anniversary.

The X also marks the spot, or screening locations, for more than 57 films, through June 15, Broughal Middle School auditorium, Victory Fire House, Lehigh University Sinclair Lab Auditorium and...


Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The 39th annual Art-in-the-Park is 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 15 in West Park, 16th and Turner Streets, Allentown.

Art-in-the-Park features original works of art by more than 80 local and regional artists.

Prize money is awarded in each category: watercolor, graphics, oils and acrylics, photography, and 3D (pottery, wood, jewelry, glass, fabric, sculpture).

Free spaces are given student artists grades nine - 12.

Performing at the Victorian bandshell:

10 a.m.,...

THEATER REVIEWS Good 'Clean' fun at Penna. Playhouse

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

When a compulsive doctor tries to manage a free-spirited housekeeper, things get all mixed up and more than a little messy in Pennsylvania Playhouse's production of Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House," directed by Tom Brown, through June 23.

Kelly-Anne Rohrbach shines as the Brazilian housekeeper Matilde, who is better at poetry (all in untranslated Portuguese) and empathy, two skills that don't necessarily mean she is a good housekeeper.

Rohrbach has a wonderfully expressive range...

'Now You See Me,' now you don't

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's not a lot of magic in "Now You See Me," even though the film's milieu is prestidigitation.

There are digital special effects aplenty the kind of cinematic magic we expect in sci-fi, fantasy and action films.

The special effects cannot distract from a weak screenplay with half-baked plot and lack of character development.

"Now You See Me" inadvertently proves a motto said in the film by one of the magicians: "The closer you look, the less you see."


Beloved pastor retires from The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Pastor Marge Dean, associate pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus, is greeted during worship June 2 by the Rev. Glenn L. Simmons, associate to the Bishop, with a letter of thanks for her service to the church from Bishop Zeiser of the Northeastern PA Synod. Pastor Marge was greeted by members at a reception following worship to thank her for her ministry as she begins retirement. During her time at Holy Spirit, Pastor Marge brought the Rejoicing Spirits ministry to life (...


Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

Actors in Action Festival: "The Atheist," "Sensitivity Training," "The Un-Named Body Project," June 13 - 30, Allentown Public Theatre, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown. 610-433-4150

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Crazy For You," June 12 - 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre...


Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

They try: the David Murray Quartet featuring Macy Gray, above, performs 7:30 p.m. June 18, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. From the moment he first visited New York as a 20-year-old student in 1975, Murray has careened forward in a cool, collected, rocket-fueled streak. Over the past 35 years, he released more than 150 albums under his own name...

APT stages some readings

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

With three productions in three weekends, the Second Annual Actors in Action Festival offers three very diverse plays in the kind of theater not often seen in the Lehigh Valley produced under the aegis of the Allentown Public Theatre (APT).

First up is one-man show of a tabloid journalist's tell-all, then a play about four corporate types trapped in that peculiar corporate hell of sensitivity training, and finally a free-form action and dialogue exploration of body image. The festival...

Players romp in 'Cocoanuts'

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

When a fairy-tale romance gets mixed up with bejeweled high society and low-brow hucksters, the summer nights get hot in 1925-era Florida.

The dialogue in "The Cocoanuts" sparkles, the play is fast-paced, witty and captures the vaudevillian culture of long-ago comedians.

Ara Barlieb directs The Crowded Kitchen Players' production of the patter-rich, three-act play, with music and lyircs by Irving Berlin and book by George S. Kaufman with additional text by Morrie Ryskind,...