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BTE’s ‘The Children’ offers a thought-provoking play

BLOOMSBURG — As the third production of its 42nd season, the acclaimed Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble is presenting “The Children.” BTE has 7:30 p.m. performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays, now through Feb. 2, at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 ...

‘Dolittle’ does little to impress moviegoers

I went to “Dolittle” as an act of protest — because the Motion Picture Academy could not see fit to tap Robert Downey Jr. as Best Actor in “Endgame.” Frankly, rather than sitting through this latest Downey vehicle, I would’ve been better off watching “Endgame” again — or any ...

‘Bad Boys for Life’ provides good sendoff for franchise

January. It can be a scary month for movies. Often studios use this release date time right after Oscar season for throw-away films. Seeing that the fan-favorite “Bad Boys” series reserved this time slot (without Micheal Bay returning as director) showed that the studio didn’t have much ...

Driver delivers his best performance in ‘Marriage Story’

Despite its title, “Marriage Story” is not about marriage. Rather, it concerns a divorce — and it’s about as much fun to watch. Which is not to say the film is bad. On the contrary: Nominated for six Oscars — including Best Actor, Actress and Picture — “Marriage Story” ...

‘1917’ is a dazzling cinematic achievement

In making “1917,” Sam Mendes deprived himself of a tool relied on by virtually every director in history: editing. And yet his film is all the better for it. You see, Mendes’ World War I masterpiece essentially runs its entire two hours without a single cut. Now I should point out ...

Williamsport Chamber Players series to continue this week

Three months after hosting it’s debut concert, the Williamsport Chamber Players series will continue with “Glorious Serenades” at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth Street. The performance is the second of four programs scheduled for the WCP’s inaugural ...

FUSE Productions to kick off 2020 with ‘Moon Over the Brewery’

STATE COLLEGE — FUSE Productions is gearing up for the new year by producing an unique play to kick off 2020. Richard Biever, FUSE’s producing artistic director, announced that “Moon Over the Brewery” will shine for two performances at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 10-11 at Singing Onstage, 1108 ...

Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ remake features great writing

Having never seen or read the tale of “Little Women” before, I was unfamiliar with what made this cherished story so loved. It’s clear to see now thanks to director Greta Gerwig. This newly adapted period piece fits snuggly into its place as a feel-good nostalgic film, with injected ...

Area theater critic names favorite productions of the year

Excluding all high school plays submitted on behalf of the Community Theatre League’s Ray of Light program, the number of collegiate, community theater, touring company, summer stock, professional ensemble, and Broadway shows I’ve seen this year increased to 36. Of those three dozen plays ...

Dylan Rockoff to release new album ‘Semicolon & Parentheses’ next month

On Jan. 17, Nashville-based recording artist and Loyalsock native Dylan Rockoff is releasing his latest full-length album, “Semicolon & Parentheses,” on all major streaming platforms. Riding the momentum of two successful singles released earlier this year, which also appear on the ...

Area critics weigh in on ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

The galaxy far, far away that began over four decades ago reaches its finish line for the Skywalker Saga. Ingraining itself into the lives of many generations young and old, the name “Star Wars” holds a special place in everyone’s heart — including Sun-Gazette critics Quinn Deitrick and ...

Sun-Gazette movie critics pick their best and worst films of 2019

2019 has been an impressive year at the movies. Rather than compiling two overlapping “10 Best” lists, Sun-Gazette film critics Quinn Deitrick and Joseph W. Smith III each chose three films to highlight. Not necessarily their “top three” — just high-quality films that deserve ...

Community Theatre League announces cast for ‘Sweeney Todd’ production

It must be time to sharpen those straight razors. The Community Theatre League will present “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” as the leadoff attraction of its 2020 calendar. Following the sold-out run of its holiday attraction, the tale of the unjustly exiled barber will ...

Hauser provides great performance in ‘Richard Jewell’

Paul Walter Hauser’s amazing performance in “Richard Jewell” somehow got overlooked in the 2019 Golden Globe nominations — and I sure hope Oscar season remedies this. I haven’t seen better work from a male actor in any film this year. “Jewell” is director Clint Eastwood’s ...

‘Klaus’ offers a unique story about Santa

The word “original” is a good place to start in describing “Klaus.” In the first place, this wonderful new animated movie is a Netflix original; as with “The Irishman,” the media giant gave this film limited theatrical release in hopes that it would qualify for a well-deserved ...

Morgan Myles to release new album in January

It’s Thanksgiving evening, and dinner has long been finished. The clock is ticking down to midnight. Nashville-based recording artist, and Loyalsock Township native, Morgan Myles stands nervously in front of her laptop, wine glass in tow. To her sides are Myles’ friend, Patrick, and her ...

RiverStage, Strictly Ballet to present ‘A Lewisburg Victorian Nutcracker’

LEWISBURG — For dance enthusiasts, “The Nutcracker” is an anticipated holiday treat. For the second consecutive year, RiverStage Community Theatre will team up with Strictly Ballet to present “A Lewisburg Victorian Nutcracker.” The Christmas-themed ballet will be performed at 2 ...

‘Elf the Musical, JR.’ coming to Millbrook Playhouse

MILL HALL — Exten­ding summer stock not only into the fall but closer to the frosty winter, the Millbrook Playhouse offers “Elf the Musical, JR. ” as a holiday treat. The Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble has 7 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday ...

Jaw-dropping ‘Dark Waters’ sees great Ruffalo performance

I wasn’t expecting to have the urge to double check my kitchen pans after watching this one. Movies like this are important, not just because of its exceptional quality, but also the grave relevance it has now. The aptly named “Dark Waters” is a cut above the rest, constructed with such ...