Northwestern Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Print it at Kutztown Folk Festival

Friday, July 6, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Tucked between the hex sign display and the horse-powered carousel at the Kutztown Folk Festival, a 100-year-old printing press clicks and clacks as it churns out hand-fed printed souvenirs.

It’s the first time the historic cast iron press is on display as part of the Pennsylvania-Dutch festival at the Kutztown Fairgrounds through July 8.

The press is from the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem and is part of a new exhibit on early printing at the museum through...

Lehigh Valley Stage: Summer Theater

Friday, July 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Tickets: pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455

“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre

“Twelfth Night,” through July 15, Schubert Theatre

“Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Main Stage

“King Richard II,” July 19-Aug. 5, Main Stage

“All’s Well That Ends Well,” July 25-Aug. 5, Schubert Theatre

“Shakespeare for Kids,”...

Theater Review: ‘42nd Street’ spectacular at Bucks Playhouse

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In “42nd Street,” Peggy Sawyer is the best little tapper from Allentown, Pa.

“42nd Street,” the musical, through Aug. 4, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, has the best tap-dancing this side of Broadway.

Tessa Grady, who plays Peggy Sawyer with a combination of innocent insecurity and can-do bravado, has to be one of the fastest tap-dancers ever. Her feet are a blur as she taps her way across the stage, in turns, spins, in place, and even backwards.

Grady is a triple-...

Movie Review: ‘Jurassic’ sequel World’

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A more forthright title for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” would have been “Jurassic World: Franchise Builder.”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” sequel to “Jurassic World” (2015), is second in a trilogy, with “Jurassic World 3” set for 2021 release. Universal Pictures distributes the “Jurassic Park” (1993, 1997, 2001) movies, including “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

“Jurassic” World” Fallen Kingdom” repositions the franchise as a variation on Godzilla films where beasts...

30th anniversary of ‘Hairspray’ film: Extras, extras! Read all about them

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s been 30 years since director John Waters’ “Hairspray, the inspiration for the Broadway musical, was released.

But a year before in 1987, the making of the film was all the buzz in the Lehigh Valley.

Shock-auteur Waters typically shot his films exclusively in his hometown of Baltimore, but for “Hairspray” he brought his crew to South Whitehall Township to shoot a pivotal scene at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, which served as a stand-in for Tilted Acres, a fictional...

Theater Review:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Schubert Theatre in Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University is a kind of thespian trampoline. The three-sided stage with arena-style seating on each of the three sides lends itself to actor-audience interplay.

The actors seem to leap off the stage. They are up close and personal. You can see the gleam in their eye. You can sense the weight of the role on their shoulders. They use direct-address to the audience, make eye contact and may include you in the action...

Theater Review: ‘Hairspray’ a fabulous ‘do at Munopco

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Munopco Music Theatre production of “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” is adorable kitsch.

Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott, and assistant director Vince Rostkowski, get it right: a mix of 1960s’ dance-craze nostalgia, in excellent choreography by Suzanne Baltsar, with dance captain Caitlin McLemore; in exuberant singing, with robust direction by Julius Sarkozy; in catchy costumes, with fabulous frocks and thrift-shop chic by McDermott, and clever set design, with...

Theater Review: ‘Hairspray’ a fabulous ‘do at Munopco

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Munopco Music Theatre production of “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” is adorable kitsch.

Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott, and assistant director Vince Rostkowski, get it right: a mix of 1960s’ dance-craze nostalgia, in excellent choreography by Suzanne Baltsar, with dance captain Caitlin McLemore; in exuberant singing, with robust direction by Julius Sarkozy; in catchy costumes, with fabulous frocks and thrift-shop chic by McDermott, and clever set design, with...

‘Hairspray’ ‘You can’t stop the beat’ at Munopco Music Theatre

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 60 people will recreate the 1960s era in Munopco Music Theatre’s big, bold and bright production of the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray.”

The musical about a plump teen who yearns to be on “The “Corny Collins Show,” an American Bandstand-style television show in Baltimore, features catchy 60s’-flavored songs and lots of high-energy dancing.

One of the cast members even joked she was losing weight from all the dancing, says Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott...