Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical,” continuing through Feb. 26, is full of surprises. When you least expect it, a minor character belts out a rousing song, or someone from the ensemble does a “George Spelvin” walk-on that’s good for a laugh while distracting the audience’s attention from the scene changes.
It has been said that the first day a patient goes for chemotherapy is the scariest day of her life. As a way to make the experience less scary, and to bring some comfort to those undergoing the treatment for the first time, a group of volunteers in the Lehigh Valley distribute hundreds of comfort bags each year at local chemo infusion centers.
The group, known as The CHEMO Bag, was started in 2013 by Leah Walia, a nurse who herself had gone through chemotherapy. Her daughter Michelle, now 11, came up with the acronym: Caring Helping Encouraging Motivating Others.
“The Explorers Club” uses humor and exaggeration to satirize the smugness of 19th Century male-dominated British society.
There’s a lot to poke fun at: chauvinism, imperialism and racism, to name only a few, in 1879 London, the setting for the comedy.
The club is modeled after those all-male bastions, such as the Royal Society, which did not admit female fellows until 1945, and the French Academy of Sciences, which managed to keep out Marie Curie and other women until 1979.
The Tavern at the Sun Inn, which opened in December, is an unique addition to downtown Bethlehem’s impressive list of restaurants. What makes it special is its colonial-inspired menu, extensive wine list from local vineyards, and Ales of the Revolution produced by craft brewers in eastern Pennsylvania.
We’ve always known it, but now it is official. Bethlehem is one of the best retirement destinations in the country. In fact, it is #1 in the Northeast, according to Money magazine.
Bethlehem was named among Money magazine’s six “Best Places to Retire” in various regions of the United States. The other cities are Hollywood, Fla. (Southeast), Sugar Land, Texas (South); Iowa City, Iowa (Midwest); Reno, Nev. (Mountains); and Spokane, Wash. (West).
The coming new year will be full of academic opportunities and challenges for Lehigh University faculty and students when a new partnership takes effect between the university’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurship Center in San Francisco. Finalized in September, the agreement makes Lehigh an exclusive year-round academic partner in residence at the Nasdaq Center.
If you are a fan of the Big Band Era, and the rousing music it produced, you are going to love Pennsylvania Playhouse’s Christmas production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” running through Dec. 18, 390 Illick’s Mill Rd., Bethlehem.
The show is set in a fictional New York radio station, WOV, as in “V for Victory,” on Dec. 21, 1942. The two-act play written by Walton Jones, originally presented at the Yale Repertory Theatre, made it to Broadway by way of Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
“A Christmas Carol” is Charles Dickens’ endearing and enduring story of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge and how he finds redemption. It was an immediate success when first published in 1843, and was adapted for the stage almost immediately. Since then there have been some 50 play adaptations, and at least 28 film versions.
It’s a cross between an Agatha Christie who-done-it, a Noel Coward comedy and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
It’s the Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) unconventional holiday treat, “The Down of a Thistle,” through Dec. 18, Unicorn Theatre, 417 Front St., Catasauqua. The Dec. 10 performance was seen for this review.
Billed as a “jovial Christmas melodrama,” and staged as a radio show, the play features a nine-member cast playing 10 characters, half of whom manage to get killed off before the end, ala Christie’s “Ten Little Indians.”