Lunch and a show at the Pines Dinner Theatre

November 23rd, 2010 posted by

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Last week a coworker and I decided that we would check out a matinee performance at The Pines Dinner Theatre in Allentown. For those of you who are not familiar with the Pines, it was formerly Blatt’s Dinner Theatre and is currently the only dinner theatre located in Lehigh Valley.

The doors opened at noon and the meal service started a half hour later. The lunch began with a garden salad and rolls, followed by our choice of three delicious-sounding entrees. I chose the turkey breast while Kate selected the sliced ham with an orange Dijon glaze. Both of our meals were served with sweet corn and potato filling. I can honestly say that the turkey was delicious and I didn’t leave anything on my plate. However the best part of the meal was still to come.

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Comedy.0 Comes to State Theatre in Easton

November 9th, 2010 posted by

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I have a guilty pleasure – I just can’t get enough of Daniel Tosh’s comedy act. The first time I saw him perform standup was in New York four years ago and I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. Last week, I had an opportunity to watch him perform at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton. I expected a great show and he didn’t disappoint.

After two pretty good opening acts, Tosh nonchalantly walked onto stage to a chorus of thunderous applause.  Nothing was sacred during Tosh’s set. Religion, race, sex, politics, New Orleans, Ben Roethlisberger, even the font used on the “exit” signs inside the State Theatre were all fair game. And the crowd ate it all up – every last offensive morsel. He was brilliant.

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“Dammit Janet”

October 15th, 2010 posted by

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As Halloween gets closer, there are two things that are “must do’s” for the season:

  1. Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”
  2. Watch the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Yes, I understand the two are at opposite ends of the spectrum – don’t judge me.)

My girlfriend and I love the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” movie, so when we saw that Allentown’s Civic Theatre would be performing “The Rocky Horror Show” the entire month of October, I contacted them immediately for tickets.

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Romeo & Juliet comes to Lehigh Valley

July 23rd, 2010 posted by

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Lehigh Valley is so lucky to be home of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

On Wednesday I went to see Romeo & Juliet and, to quote Patrick Mulcahy, PSF’s producing artistic director, “It’s the play we all think we know.”  He couldn’t have been more right in my case.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor, a love comedy performance at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

July 16th, 2010 posted by

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Every year, my girlfriend Jeanne and I make it a point to see at least one show at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University in Center Valley. This year we chose The Merry Wives of Windsor.

We started our night out with dinner at Melt located in The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. We used this time to go over our notes on the Shakespearean story since neither of us had seen the show before and sometimes we have a hard time following along with the plot if we’re not familiar with it going in. Thanks to this pre-performance study session, we were golden, which made for an incredible show experience.

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A Comedy Tonight! (And Every Night – Except Mondays – Till July 11)

June 28th, 2010 posted by

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical love story that is so fabulously funny that I can’t imagine missing it.

The play was Stephen Sondheim’s first venture writing both score and lyrics, and he hit a home run. Larry Gelbart of M*A*S*H* fame adapted the book to stage. With a base like that, expectations are high and this production exceeded my wildest expectations.

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My Night With the Playboy at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

June 23rd, 2010 posted by

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On Friday, Mike and I went to see the Irish comedy The Playboy of The Western World at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. After a lovely dinner at Pistachio’s we headed over to DeSales to catch the “pregame” and we were lucky enough to catch the end of the Celtic band Backwater’s set.

Side note: My sister, cousin and I went to Ireland in 1999. It was our first trip to a foreign county, so we picked Ireland because that is our heritage, but more because they speak English there. We spent the entire trip saying to each other, “I can’t understand a word anyone says!”

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Michaela Conlin’s Lehigh Valley Discovery

May 18th, 2010 posted by

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The next Lehigh Valley celebrity discovery in honor of our Discover Lehigh Valley contest (share your Lehigh Valley discovery and you could win a $200 Visa gift card) is …

Allentown native, Parkland graduate and current star on the hit Fox show “Bones,” Michaela Conlin.

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Rent in Lehigh Valley

May 10th, 2010 posted by

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Thirty-one dollars. For that paltry amount you can occupy a primo 2′ x 3′ space, complete with comfortable chair in Allentown’s Theatre District, for around two hours. It will be the best $31 you’ve spent in a long time, since you’ll also be entertained by the extremely talented cast of RENT at Civic Theatre of Allentown. I was lucky enough to have such a seat on opening night this past Friday.

After a bite to eat at Robata of Tokyo, I headed over to Lehigh Valley’sart deco theater on 19th Street where I was greeted by tuxedo-clad volunteers and rubbed elbows with some of our local “who’s who” on the red carpet. Unlike most in the crowd I never saw this show when it ran on Broadway (it only ran for 12 years), but I was familiar with the plot.

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Weekend work fun in Lehigh Valley

February 3rd, 2010 posted by

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The smack of the pins crashing. The ‘friendly’ competition. The flow of the beer. That’s right, the LVCVB went bowling!

A couple weeks ago, Jenny put the word out in an office email about the “Bowling for Civic” (Civic Theatre of Allentown, that is) fundraiser trying to put a team together. I immediately said to count me and Rosie in.

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