Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Theater Review: Loving ‘Shakespeare In Love’ at PSF

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Shakespeare In Love” could be subtitled “Shakespeare With Writer’s Block.”

William Shakespeare (played by the magnificent Luigi Sottile), taking a page from modern nomenclature, must come up with his next hit.

Quill in hand, centerstage at his desk, backdropped by the impressive wood two-tiered set by Scenic Designer Daniel Conway that evokes The Globe Theater, Shakespeare laps up plot points from his pal, Kit Marlowe (an enthusiastic Justin Adams), as willing and eager as the shaggy dog, Spot (the willing and eager Buddy Igor), that ambles on stage.

The Family Project: vacation drive

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We leave next week for our family vacation. It will be a nine-hour drive with our three children: two boys ages four and six, and our 13-year-old daughter. My patience is already taxed, and I need a good vacation. How can I keep this fun for all of us?

Since the parent is already taxed and taking on a lot of the responsibility for the trip, panelist Chad Stefanyak suggested that she include the children in the planning, such as what snacks and drinks to bring along. He also urged her to change her expectations from the negative to “This is going to be an adventure.”

Theater Review: Grande shows how to ‘Succeed’ at MSMT

Monday, July 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you want to have the dibs on saying,”I saw him when ..., “ don’t miss the astounding performance of Frankie Grande in The Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theatre production of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.”

Grande does it all: act, sing and dance (including speed-tap and a handstand flip) in the terrifically-entertaining musical directed with impish charm by MSMT co-founder Charles Richter.

Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’ is big fun

Monday, July 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ant-Man And The Wasp” is preposterous. That’s OK. It’s preposterous fun.

The Marvel Comics superheroes Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang, is played with charming bravura by Paul Rudd.

The Wasp, aka Hope Van Dyne, is played with confident strength by Evangeline Lily.

Together, and apart, they are big fun. Ant-Man super-sizes to proportions bigger than the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man in “Ghostbusters.”

They are also small fun. Ant-Man shrinks to the size of, well, an ant. And the Wasp, too, goes from large to small.

Call it “Honey, I Shrunk The Superheroes.”

Theater Review: ‘The Pack’ is back at The Pines

Sunday, July 15, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“The Rat Pack Lounge,” a musical written by James Hinderman and Ray Roderick, brings back memories of the 1960s when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and, usually, a fourth or fifth entertainer (Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop), packed ‘em in at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas.

Now playing at The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown, through Aug. 19, “The Rat Pack Lounge” is from every aspect the best Pines’ production so far this season.

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, July 11: Stuffed peppers, wax beans, seasonal fruit.

Thursday, July 12: Alaskan white fish, brown rice, roasted beets, Mandarin oranges.

Friday, July 13: Chopped steak w/onion gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, banana.

Monday, July 16: Grilled hamburger, broccoli and cauliflower mix, warmed peaches.

Tuesday, July 17: Pork Marsala, brown rice pilaf, carrots, applesauce.

Wednesday, July 18: Tilapia with bread crumbs, roasted potatoes, Capri blend vegetables, plums.

Keim:

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Lifetime Bethlehem residents Thomas F. Keim and Louise (Stiles) Keim were feted by family and friends at a surprise reception May 27 to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

Thomas was an insurance underwriter with MetLife for many years.

Louise was a catalog specialist at the Bethlehem Area Public Library.

The Keims were married May 29, 1948, in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church by the late Rev. William Berkemeyer.

They are the parents of daughters Joanne Keim, who is married to Bryan Van Sweden, and Linda, who is married to Jaime Hunsicker.

Circus ‘Beyond Imagination’ expands Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Searching for the purpose to our life is a universal struggle that many of us can relate to, especially in our youth.

It’s a quest that led Noah Dach to create and direct “Tal: Beyond Imagination,” presented by Atlas Circus Company in its world premiere through July 28 at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) in the Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.