Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Respectfully Yours: Paying dinner bill

Friday, June 14, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

We invited friends out to dinner and things took a turn for the uncomfortable when the waiter dropped the bill for dinner in the center of the table. It was an extremely awkward moment with everyone glancing around and making gestures toward reaching for the check. My husband offered and was happy to pay the bill, but asked if our friend would leave the tip. I wanted to kick my husband under the table. I thought that if someone is treating you to dinner that includes...

Theater Review: Exuberant ‘In the Heights’ opens NCC Summer Theatre

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Northampton Community College Summer Theatre has opened its third annual season with the spirited musical “In the Heights,” set in a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City’s Washington Heights.

The musical received four Tony Awards, including best musical and best score. The show’s music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of “Hamilton.”

“In the Heights” continues through June 16 in Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, NCC main campus, Bethlehem Township.

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Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen’s ‘Topsy Turvy’ lives up to its title

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Topsy Turvy” is an apt name for the Crowded Kitchen Players’ latest play written and directed by Ara Barlieb.

In two acts, the cast of 14 cavorts, cross-dresses and intentionally overacts their way through the wackiness. The June 7 opening night performance was seen for this review of the rapid-fire comedy’s world premiere, continuing June 14-16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Bethlehem.

Barlieb loosely based his latest play on Aristophanes’ ancient tale of “Lysistrata,” where the...

Theater Review: ‘Joseph’ amazing at The Pennsylvania Playhouse

Wednesday, June 12, 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 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 performed...

Theater Review: ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at The Pines

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well at The Pines Dinner Theatre in its latest production, “Rock Around the Clock,” continuing Wednesday through Sunday through July 7.

With reminders of sock hops, jukeboxes and malt shops, the revue has more than 50 hits from the 1950s and ‘60s, including “Rock Around the Clock,” popularized by Bill Haley & The Comets.

The loosely-constructed plot centers around six high school teenagers gearing up for summer vacation, with cruising in their...

Curtain Rises: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre ‘Brings It On’ for 39th annual season

Friday, June 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 2019 season is the 39th step for Charles Richter on his way to the 40th anniversay of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), which he cofounded.

“They’re already planning the 40th celebration,” says Richter, Professor of Theatre Arts, Muhlenberg College, where he has been teaching for 41 years, with 25 years as chair of the college’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

When asked about retirement, Richter, who will be 68 on June 16, quips, “I’m not thinking that far ahead.”...

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Friday, June 7, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Sweet 16 film fest: The 16th annual SouthSide Film Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. June 11 with the “Opening Night Party and Screening” sponsored by PBS39. The party is at WLVT PBS 39 Studios, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The feature film, “The Weight of Water,” is at 8 p.m. June 11, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The “Late Night Movie” is the feature, “DeadTechtives,” 11 p.m. June 14, Touchstone Theatre. 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. The “Closing Night...

Touchstone goes ‘UnBound’ for arts fest

Friday, June 7, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Touchstone Theatre will present “Festival UnBound,” a 10-day visual and performing arts festival, Oct. 4-13, at venues in South Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.

According to festival coordinator Bill George, “This ten-day series of performances, installations and happenings is created in collaboration with the people and artists of Bethlehem, visiting regional and international artists, and Bethlehem city government.”

The festival includes discussions, community meals, social-...

Healthy Geezer: Emotional intelligence

Friday, June 7, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

In our last column, we discussed emotional intelligence (EI or EQ). Today’s column is about research that shows seniors have higher emotional intelligence than younger people.

Emotional intelligence is a relatively new concept. It was popularized by Daniel Goleman, a psychologist who was a science journalist for The New York Times. His 1995 book, “Emotional Intelligence,” was a bestseller.

According to psychologists, EI improves social relations...