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THEATER REVIEW 'Oklahoma!' more than OK; it's fantastic at PSF

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival opens its 22nd season with an exuberant, stupendous and memorable production of the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "Oklahoma!"

PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze pulls out all the stops in his thoughtful yet zealous direction of the huge cast of 25, a dynamic 14-piece orchestra conducted by music director Nathan Diehl and rambunctious boot-scootin' boogie choreography by Stephen Casey.

"Oklahoma!" continues through June...

'Frances Ha' has its moments

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Frances Ha" is not your typical funny-ha-ha film.

That's not unusual because the films of "Frances Ha" director Noah Baumbach are noted for his skewed takes and skewering of this American life, including "Kicking and Screaming" (1995), "Mr Jealousy" (1997), "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), "Margo at The Wedding" (2007) and "Greenberg" (2010).

That's also not unusual for the films of "Frances Ha" star Greta Gerwig, noted for her skewed performances and skewering of these...

Karen Dearborn's 'Crazy' choreography

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

First of three parts

Choreography: How does it begin? Where does it come from?

Explains Karen Dearborn, a professor and founding Director of Dance at Muhlenberg College, who choreographed "Crazy for You" for the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, where the Tony-winning Gershwin musical continues through June 30:

"Choreographing for a musical starts with research, reading the play, listening to the music, researching the dances of the period and understanding the original...

Hallucinations require exam

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. Are hallucinations reason enough to see a doctor?

Hallucinations can be a symptom of a variety of problems, physical and mental. They can be caused by schizophrenia, dementia, depression, Parkinson's disease, stroke, fever, drugs, and alcohol. You should see a doctor immediately about this symptom.

Visual loss is a common cause of hallucinations, too. About one in 10 with vision problems has hallucinations. It is suspected that this phenomenon is under-reported because...

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

Actors in Action Festival: "Sensitivity Training," "The Un-Named Body Project," weekends through June 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," through June 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre,...

Singing for Mary

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAMELA McLEAN WALLACE Special to The Press in Focus

"I just flew in from San Francisco," says Noel Paul Stookey, "on my way into New York City to meet Peter [Yarrow]. We are going to do an interview with Tom Brokaw on 'JFK Remembered' - fifty years later.

"Can you believe it's been fifty years?" says Noel Paul Stookey, of the legendary folk singing trio, Peter, Paul and Mary.

Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow perform their "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peter, Paul and Mary" tour, 8 p.m. June 21, State Theatre for the...

MACUNGIE

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Terry Kitchen, Boston contemporary folk singer-songwriter and Easton native, performs 8 p.m. June 22, The Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie.

The Listen Live Music's "Bringing Nashville North" Writers in the Round series includes performers Mike Holliday, Josh Joffen and Peter Scapegrace.

Ticket information: 610-966-6419

THEATER REVIEW Couldn't ask for anything more with 'Crazy for You'

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) 33rd-season opening production of "Crazy for You" is crazy fun and crazy good. It's as if an MGM musical has come to life in west Allentown in Technicolor.

The all-dancing, all-singing musical with many of George and Ira Gershwin's most popular songs (12 in Act One and eight in Act Two), continues through June 30, Dorothy H. Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

MSMT's "Crazy for...

'Oklahoma!' inspires courage

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by DENNIS RAZZE Special to The Press in Focus

Like many others, I grew up on the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. My first exposure to them was on film.

The wonderful movies such as "South Pacific," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma!" were my favorites. I especially loved the onscreen chemistry in "Oklahoma!" between Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

As I grew a little older, I was cast in these shows in high school and in summer theaters, mostly in ensemble roles. I loved to sing Richard Rodgers' music (I...

LV WRITERS

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Marilyn Hazelton, Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School, talks and leads workshops at The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group June meeting, 10 a.m. June 22, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

The morning program is free and open to the public. The afternoon workshop is free for members with a fee for nonmembers. Registration required: glvwg.org