It’s a cross between an Agatha Christie who-done-it, a Noel Coward comedy and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
It’s the Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) unconventional holiday treat, “The Down of a Thistle,” through Dec. 18, Unicorn Theatre, 417 Front St., Catasauqua. The Dec. 10 performance was seen for this review.
Billed as a “jovial Christmas melodrama,” and staged as a radio show, the play features a nine-member cast playing 10 characters, half of whom manage to get killed off before the end, ala Christie’s “Ten Little Indians.”
If you are a fan of the Big Band Era, and the rousing music it produced, you are going to love Pennsylvania Playhouse’s Christmas production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” running through Dec. 18, 390 Illick’s Mill Rd., Bethlehem.
The show is set in a fictional New York radio station, WOV, as in “V for Victory,” on Dec. 21, 1942. The two-act play written by Walton Jones, originally presented at the Yale Repertory Theatre, made it to Broadway by way of Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
“A Christmas Carol” is Charles Dickens’ endearing and enduring story of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge and how he finds redemption. It was an immediate success when first published in 1843, and was adapted for the stage almost immediately. Since then there have been some 50 play adaptations, and at least 28 film versions.
You might think it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but not if you are Clara, the lead character in “The Miracle of Christmas,” the original holiday production that runs through Dec. 23 at the Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.
Five generations of Rodales were honored for their family’s contributions to art and culture in the Lehigh Valley at the 90th Anniversary Gala of the Baum School of Art in Allentown.
More than 100 people attended the silent auction and dinner Oct. 8 to celebrate the school’s founding by Walter Emerson Baum in 1926, and to recognize the Rodales for their long history of support. Rodale grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even one great-great grandchild attended the milestone event.
She’s only been out of college for three years, but Katie LaMark already has a starring role in the 20th anniversary of the award-winning rock musical “Rent,” now on a national tour and playing one night only, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
Nashville meets Broadway and scores a hit in The Pines Dinner Theatre production of “The Honky Tonk Angels,” a clever and highly-entertaining blend of country music classics and storytelling written by Ted Swindley, author of the popular musical “Always … Patsy Cline.”
The talented cast of three women sing, joke and jibe their way through monologues and more than 30 songs at the Oct. 19 performance seen for this review. Performances continue through Oct. 23 at The Pines, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.
If you think the 2016 presidential election is really crazy you obviously haven’t seen “November,” the cynical, yet hilarious look at Oval Office politics by Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright David Mamet, now playing at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.
The play, staged by The Crowded Kitchen Players, the repertory company based in the Allentown area, opened Oct. 7. This review is of the Oct. 9 matinee. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15 and 21, and 2 p.m. Oct. 16.
“The Miracle Worker” is the story of six-year-old Helen Keller, a wild, petulant child at that age, understandably so given that since infancy she could neither see nor hear nor speak.
Teacher Annie Sullivan, herself visually-challenged, enters into Helen’s life and through manual sign language frees the child from her dark and soundless world into one of understanding and feeling, physical and emotional.
“The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ irreverent musical comedy about two Broadway swindlers whose plan to produce the perfect money-making flop goes awry, is one of those timeless mainstays of theater that bears staging on a regular basis.
Yet, while its masterful, award-winning script, music and lyrics would seem to promise a sure-fire hit, the show is not without some very daunting challenges.