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Theater Review:

Friday, February 17, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

‘9 to 5: The Musical’ surprises at Civic

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.

The CHEMO Bag Bringing comfort to cancer patients

Monday, February 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

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.

Theater Review: Laughter explored at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“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.

MAGAZINE PICKS CITY AS #1 place in the Northeast to retire

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

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).

Lehigh University and Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center--Partnership promotes innovative thinking

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

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.

Theater Review: Pa. Playhouse ‘Radio Hour’ salutes the troops

Friday, December 16, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

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.

Theater Review: Expect CKP’s ‘Down of a Thistle’ to entertain

Friday, December 16, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

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.”