The much-loved and often-performed musical, “The Secret Garden,” is on a national tour and is expected to be revived on Broadway on a yet undisclosed date.
Whenever that happens, though, it is hard to believe that any Great White Way production could surpass by much Civic Theatre of Allentown’s staging of the classic that runs through Oct. 22. To say the least, the Lehigh Valley production of “The Secret Garden” is a music, acting and technical triumph.
If even a portion of “American Made” is factual, then a reassessment of major portions of United States foreign and domestic policies might be in order.
“American Made,” which stars Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a TWA commercial airlines pilot, turned CIA reconnaissance pilot, turned cocaine-drugs-weapons and insurgents smuggler, is “Based on A True Story,” according to the movie’s opening credits.
However, a web site for “American Made” states the movie is “Based on a True Lie.”
Whom do you believe?
“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.
“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.
“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.
When the last golden raspberry is eaten from the stalk, the pumpkin and gourd vines have dried and their fruit harvested, and the autumnal equinox has been reached, it is time to consider what should be done to prepare for a “better” garden next year. The winter solstice and next year’s garden seed catalogs, which perennially follow, can wait. Now is preparation time.
For Tyler Connolly, Theory of a Deadman was born from a want to enjoy what life has to offer.
“I don’t know that we knew we had anything. We were just having fun and enjoying music,” says Connolly. “We didn’t play many shows. We just jammed. I had two jobs. We were all just blue-collar dudes getting by, and this was the one thing we could vent our frustrations through.”
Theory of a Deadman performs in concert, 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.
Thursday, Oct. 5: Pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple.
Friday, Oct. 6: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable medley, pineapples.
Monday, Oct. 9: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, green beans, grapes.
Tuesday, Oct. 10: Three cheese ziti w/ meatballs, spinach, fresh fruit.
Thursday, Oct. 11: Salisbury steak w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana.
Call 610-559-3245 for locations.
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Fried chicken breast on bun w/ lettuce-tomato-mayo, red skinned potato salad, fresh cantaloupe.
Thursday, Oct. 5: Country fried steak with gravy, baked potato with sour cream, roasted cauliflower /sour cream, wheat bread with margarine, dark sweet red cherries.
Friday, Oct. 6: Hot dog w/ kraut on a bun, baked beans, fresh watermelon, iced brownie.
Monday, Oct. 9: Chili con carne over bread bowl with cheddar cheese garnish, Romaine salad w/ ranch dressing, chilled pears.
Editor’s Note: ”The Family Project” is a column in the Focus features section that brings together a panel of experts to address parenting questions.
Q. My infant grandson’s parents really need help getting him to sleep at night. He is 16-months-old and has to be taken for a car ride or a stroller ride every night in order for him to fall asleep. Then they transfer him to their bed, where he sleeps the rest of the night. They can’t put him in his crib because he wakes up. They really need help.
For director William Sanders, choosing “The Secret Garden” as Civic Theatre’s opening production for the theater’s 90th season was a no-brainer.
“Every year we try to find something that is family-friendly, then something that is fun, and then something that would be a little off the beaten path, something a little bit more cutting edge. This [‘Secret Garden’] would be family-friendly,” explains Sanders, Civic Theatre Artistic Director, of how he puts the Civic season together.
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