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Theater Review: Touchstone ‘Christmas City Follies XX’ entertaining alternative

Monday, December 16, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

For the past 20 years, the professional acting ensemble of Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, has presented its “Christmas City Follies” to help audiences celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, while satirizing the commercialization and human foibles that continue to distract from the true meaning of the holidays.

Directed by Jp Jordan, and utilizing original vaudeville-style sketches filled with humor, music and shopping carts, the “Follies,” through Dec. 22, is a welcome respite from the...

Healthy Geezer: The cause of gastroenteritis explained

Friday, December 13, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’m going on my first cruise and I was concerned that I might get stomach flu. What should I do?

Many senior citizens frequent cruise ships because vacationers can enjoy what is probably the most relaxing form of getaway. You travel with your own bedroom and all the amenities you can think of.

But there are a lot of people on these floating paradises. That means lots of germs are along for the ride.

Among the most common germs are the ones...

Respectfully Yours: Moderation best at company office party

Friday, December 13, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

This year I’ll be going to my first company holiday office party. I sometimes drink socially and co-workers have told me there is an open bar at the event. What are the rules for drinking at a company holiday party?

Dear Reader,

Beware: You may think the holidays are the time to eat, drink and be merry. But the holiday office party should be approached with more caution than the rest of the events on your social calendar.

When the words “party” and...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 13, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, December 11: Baked whitefish w/ onion lemon seasoning, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, macaroni and cheese, ambrosia.

Thursday, December 12: Beef w/ onion and Dijon mustard sauce, cauliflower Au Gratin, sautéed red cabbage, dinner roll, spiced apricots.

Friday, December 13: Creamed turkey, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, biscuits, orange gelatin.

Monday, December 16: Pork and pea carbonara (light egg and cheese sauce),...

The Family Project: Parent concerned about new teen driver

Friday, December 13, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 12-year-old daughter’s best friend has a 16-year-old sister who just got her learner’s permit. My daughter told me that they went on a long highway drive with the older sister driving and the father in the passenger seat. I am furious that my daughter was in a car driven by someone who has little experience, and hasn’t even taken driver’s ed yet. Should I confront the parents, not let my daughter go over to her friend’s house, or just let it go?

The immediate response from...


Friday, December 13, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Christmas “Daze”: “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” brings its latest electrifying and reimagined family holiday spectacular to The State Theatre for one performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 19. The extravaganza is a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure with 20 world-classe acts, 300 costumes and holiday scenes by Broadway director Neil Goldberg. “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” has been hailed by the New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh-load.” Broadway singers...

Theater Review: Civic successfully revisits revised classic ‘Carole’

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s holiday show, “A Christmas Carole 1944,” through Dec. 21, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, is a refreshing departure from traditional productions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

The good thing is that nothing is lost in this stylish adaptation. Scrooge is just as miserly and mean, spouting, “Bah, Humbug!” at every opportunity.

Only “He” is a “She,” living in a high-rise apartment in New York City, the country is at war, and in place of...

Theater Review: ‘She Loves Me’ a holiday gem at Pa. Playhouse

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you are a fan of classic Hollywood movies, you might have seen the 1949 Technicolor film, “In the Good Old Summertime,” starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. It was the musical version of the 1940 Jimmy Stewart movie, “The Shop Around the Corner,” which in 1998 was adapted as “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

In all its transformations, the plot is about two individuals who despise each other, unaware that they are the secret pen pals whom they “met” through lonely...

Repertory Dance Theatre guest artists en pointe in annual ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

Friday, December 6, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) of the Lehigh Valley will present its production of the beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” for two performances, 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, in the majestic Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The “Nutcracker,” accompanied by music of the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, tells the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince and brings the magic of Christmas...