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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Respectfully Yours: Party RSVP

Friday, June 7, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I love hosting dinner parties. I always send out invites asking for RSVPs. What’s the proper way to handle it when I get no response? I don’t want to be pushy or rude, but it’s hard to plan seating and having enough food not knowing in advance who is coming.

Dear Reader,

It is extremely frustrating for a host and it makes party planning difficult when people do not let you know if they want to attend or not.

Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, June 7, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 5: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Asian vegetables, banana.

Thursday, June 6: Turkey Salisbury steak, mashed potato, zucchini, seasonal fruit.

Friday, June 7: Alaskan fish cake, brown rice, beets, Mandarin oranges.

Monday, June 10: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, pineapple.

Tuesday, June 11: Chicken taco salad, seasonal fruit.

Wednesday, June 12: Peach balsamic chicken, whole wheat...

Movie Review: ‘Ay, there’s the rub’

Friday, June 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Disney’s live-action remake of its animation feature film, “Aladdin,” is good, but not as great as the original. How could it be? As legendary animator Chuck Jones said of the raison d’être for animation: “You couldn’t put Charlie Chaplin in a milk bottle.” When it comes to the Genie in the lamp, to quote Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “Ay, there’s the rub.”

You couidn’t put Robin Williams in the Genie’s lantern, but when Aladdin rubbed the lamp, Robin Williams manic spirit of comedy in...

Curtain Rises: Northampton Community College Summer Theatre doubles audience

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time’s the charm for Northampton Community College Summer Theatre.

Attendance more than doubled from the first season to the second season and is poised to increase for the summer 2019 season.

“I think we’re moving forward. We grow each year, which is great. The quality of work is really strong. We’re putting out a solid product that I’m really proud of,” says Northampton Community College Summer Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Mutimer, now in his fifth year...

Curtain Rises: ‘Topsy Turvy’ returns Crowded Kitchen Players to comedy roots

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a change of pace for Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) and a return to the Lehigh Valley troupe’s comedy roots.

“I knew I wanted to do a comedy because we did a show about rape, PTSD and child sexual abuse,” says Ara Barlieb, CKP cofounder and writer of “Topsy Turvy,” in its world premiere, 8 p.m. June 7, 8, 14, 15 and 2 p.m. June 9, 16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

CKP’s most recent plays were “A Softening of Her Eyes,” which dealt with the topics of...

Theater Review: ‘Joseph’ amazing at The Pennsylvania Playhouse

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

There are lots of superlatives in this theater review of The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” because it is a standout in every category, from its multicolored set, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, to its uniformly talented cast of 30. The musical continues June 7-9 and June 14-16 at the Playhouse.

Based on the Biblical tale of “the coat of many colors,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was the first musical...

Curtain Rises: Great actors, great plays for 28th season of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Friday, May 31, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When curating the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) season, Patrick Mulcahy looks for themes, resonances and connections between the plays by William Shakespeare and classic works of theater and the Broadway stage.

For PSF’s 28th annual season, Mulcahy’s 16th season as PSF Producing Artistic Director, beginning in 2003, he says, “The season is stacked to be a blast, just a lot of fun. There’s also this thread of rebellion throughout the season.”

The PSF 2019 season at...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, May 31, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Symphony Sounds: The Elysium Quartet, which includes three members of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), performs, 7:30 p.m. May 31 in the “Arts at St. John’s” series, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. The program is free and open to the public, with free-will donations accepted. Performing are: Julie Bougher, violin, ASO; James Finegan, violin, ASO; Steve Heitlinger, viola, ASO, and Andrea Weber, cello. The program is: Haydn, “String Quartet in E flat...

Pennsylvania Youth Ballet takes comedic turn with ‘Coppelia’

Friday, May 31, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) and Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) presents its spring ballet, “Coppelia,” 7 p.m. May 31, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“Coppelia,” a popular comedic ballet that premiered in Paris in 1870, is the story of an eccentric toymaker who creates a life-like doll. When a village boy named Franz becomes infatuated with the doll, his fiancé, Swanhilda, tries to intervene.

Hijinks and hilarity ensue between...

Respectfully Yours: Second baby shower

Friday, May 31, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, My sister’s first daughter is almost 18-months-old. My sister is expecting her second child in fall. I’d like to host a baby shower to celebrate her new baby. Is hosting a shower appropriate for a second pregnancy?

Dear Reader,

Deciding to have a second or even third baby shower is a question that has a lot of mixed answers.

Some people consider it rude and others see nothing wrong with the idea.

There are even some specific circumstances and...