“Fun Home,” the tragicomic musical through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, is an astounding piece dramatic art.
The winner of five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2015, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, tells the story of a young girl’s dysfunctional family in an extremely innovative and heart-rending way.
Q. My one child (age seven) is almost always “in trouble” in school, and the other one (age 10) is the star student. We don’t have any major issues at home with either of them, although they are very different. We don’t want either of our children to get labeled or have a reputation that follows them through school. How do we keep this from happening?
The panel began by stating that children should never be compared or labeled.
Q. My son’s pre-school teacher called to set up a meeting with my wife and myself. The teacher said that she and his teachers are concerned about my son’s behavior. How can my wife and I prepare for this meeting?
The panel began its discussion by urging the parents to find out what the behaviors are that are of concern, so that the parents can discuss them before the meeting.
Q. Why won’t my three-year-old listen to me? I have to tell him things over and over again, but he doesn’t listen.
Panelist Kristy Bernard said she wanted to know in what types of scenarios is the son not listening to his mother. “Are there other distractions happening when she is talking to him?” she asked, then said that it is normal for three-year-olds not to listen.
“You have to go back to the fact that the boy is three,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “What might be important to the parent is not always important to the child.”
Not everyone gets a second chance in life, unless he or she is lucky enough to see The Pines Dinner Theatre’s upbeat production of “Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical,” continuing through May 12.
Conceived and written by Thomas Ross Prather, “Second Chances” is the story of a beloved church thrift shop that is in danger of being razed to make room for condos. The shop gets its second chance, just like the treasures it sells, when its staff pulls together to save the day.
This spring’s energetic musical offering by the Catasauqua Area Showcase Community Theatre is “The Addams Family,” featuring all of the iconic macabre characters from the Charles Addams cartoons and the television series (1964-1966), with a few dozen ancestors thrown in for ghoulish measure.
The musical-comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is heavy on songs, but a little too light on laughter.
Q. I am the parent of three wonderful children, but sometimes I just run out of patience with them, whether it is having to remind them to hang up their coats, or turn off the lights when they leave the room, or put away their playthings. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is important to me, and sometimes I just lose it. How can I become more patient?
The Pennsylvania Playhouse is marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the motion picture, “Steel Magnolias,” with its own superb stage production of the bittersweet comedy-drama about the bond among a group of women at a beauty shop in a small Southern town whose lives are changed with the death of one of their own.
The play, which continues April 12-14, 19 and 20 at the Bethlehem theater, was written by Robert Harling as a way to cope one month after his sister’s death from complications of diabetes.
Q. At what age is it safe to leave your child alone? My husband thinks that it is OK to leave our 10-year-old son home alone while we go out for a few hours. I think he is too young. Are there guidelines for this situation?
The panel pointed out that there are only three states that have laws regulating a minimum age for leaving a child alone: Illinois, age 14; Maryland, age 8; Oregon, age 10.
“The ages are all over the place,” panelist Pam Wallace said.
Q. My three-month-old daughter wakes up at least three times during the night. My husband thinks we should let her cry it out until she goes back to sleep. I think she is too young. I’m getting different opinions from my relatives, and I am not sure what to do. Can you help?
It was apparent from the panel’s discussion that there are many reasons why babies cry a lot.
“Crying is a way for babies to communicate,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “So, whether or not the baby is hungry or needs to be changed, she requires some attention.