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Hamlet poster finalHamlet, A Rock Experience

Hamlet, A Rock Experience  (January 13-16) at Allentown’s Symphony Hall, was, as Kelly Huth of The Express-Times wrote, “unlike any other Shakespeare production I have seen. Strobe lights pulsated around the stage, the drama afoot made palpable by the blasts of Pink Floyd melodies.”

Morning Call critic Steve Siegel called it “first and foremost an engaging, contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s play,” in which “the dialogue of … Hamlet and the edgy music of … The Wall brilliantly merge[d] in a show that [was] part rock concert, part play and entirely Shakespeare.” The production was conceived and directed by Joshua Neth,  APT’s Founding Artistic Director.

Hamlet rocks out – The Morning Call, January 12, 2011, Steve Siegel

Hamlet and “The Wall” merge brilliantly in edgy production – The Morning Call, January 14, 2011, Steve Siegel

Shakespeare meets Pink Floyd in Hamlet, A Rock Experience, at Allentown Symphony Hall – Lehigh Valley Live, Friday, January 14, 2011, Dustin Schoof & Melinda Rizzo

Hamlet: A Rock Experience a departure from traditional Shakespeare -Lehigh Valley Live, January, 15 2011, Kelly Huth

Blackbird Poster FinalBlackbird

by David Harrower

On March 18, APT opened the Lehigh Valley premiere of this Olivier Award-winner at America on Wheels Museum in Allentown. The provocative drama featured Laura Romano (as Una) and Robb Taylor (Ray/Peter), and was directed by Joshua Neth.  Morning Call reviewer Kathy Lauer-Williams praised the production as “challenging and enlightening . . . a fascinating study of the psyches of the two people involved.”

The gripping story of their past relationship unfolds as Una confronts Ray in the break room at his job. Both actors, the reviewer said, did “an amazing job capturing the intense and changing emotions” of their characters. Just as sentences are left unfinished in the play,  viewers are left to to consider such matters as age of consent and the line between love and abuse. Post-show talk-backs with cast, director, and experts on child abuse, said the reviewer, made the play “even more compelling.”

Allentown Public Theatre turning to local talent to create Lehigh Valley theater scene – Lehigh Valley Live, Friday, March 18, 2011, Melinda Rizzo

Allentown Public Theatre’s Blackbird challenging and enlightening – The Morning Call, March 22, 2011, Kathy Lauer-Williams

Mcall.com: Blogging with Bill White Blog – The Morning Call, March 28, 2011, Bill White

Listen to this interview about Blackbird with Board Members Karen Connell and Rochelle Freedman on WDIY’s Take Charge of Your Life.

Listen to this interview about Blackbird with Josh Neth on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Arts Salon.