Northwestern Press

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Getting into the ‘Act’: Crowded Kitchen Players presents Lehigh Valley debut of drama about Moss Hart, legendary Bucks playwright

Friday, October 13, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For director Ara Barlieb and the Crowded Kitchen Players (CK Players) theater company, “Act One” is a production that everyone wanted to be a part of.

“Like a lot of theater companies, we are drawn to plays about theater,” Barlieb says. “It’s really compelling to do a play about a play.”

Barlieb says that, to the best of his knowledge, “Act One” has never been performed outside of New York City.

The Lehigh Valley premiere of “Act One” will be presented by the CK Players...

THEATER REVIEW:

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

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.

Director William Sanders...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, October 13, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Eder in concert:Linda Eder’s repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. The award-winning actress returns to the State Theatre of the Arts stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. As the tragic character, “Lucy,” in the Broadway musical, “Jekyll & Hyde,” Eder belted out the signature songs, “Someone Like You” and “A New Life.” Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album. Her 17 solo albums include “Retro Volume 1.” Eder has been on PBS TV concert...

Review: ‘American Made’

Friday, October 13, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Wow.

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...

LCCC Early Learning Center lauded

Friday, October 13, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) Early Learning Center has been awarded the highest four-star rating through the Keystone STARS initiative through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

The performance standards are grouped into four levels and address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management. Each level utilizes research-based best practices...

Deadman co-founder has a Theory about group’s success

Friday, October 13, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

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.

The band...

Growing Green: autumn garden

Friday, October 13, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

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.

A good autumn cleaning up of the garden is not only a good aesthetic arrangement, but is an aide in keeping the garden...