The Civic Theater of Allentown is returning productions to its stages with a virtual production in June and an in-person musical in July.
The individual show is “Buyer & Cellar,” which airs live, 7:30 pm June 18-19, Civic Theater 514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.
Neil Simon’s “They’re Playing Our Song” will take place July 23-31 on the Main Stage at the Nineteenth Street Theater in Allentown.
“Buyer & Cellar” is a callback to Civic’s 2019 production of the hit off-Broadway comedy.
Timothy Janovsky recreates his performance for two shows, directed by Civic Theater artistic director William Sanders.
In the most absurd comedy written by Jonathan Tolins, Janovsky plays six different characters, including iconic star Barbra Streisand.
Janovsky, from New Jersey, says he discovered the play, in which an unemployed actor holds a post as curator of the mall-like basement contents of Streisand’s mansion in Malibu, Calif. ‘he was looking for a monologue to audition Muhlenberg College.
In the series, Alex More, a struggling actor recently fired from Disneyland, is hired to work in the private basement mall in Streisand’s home.
Tolins was inspired to write the comic piece after reading Streisand’s architecture book, which details the setup of her own private mall, complete with a clothing store, doll shop, and a working yogurt machine. , in the basement of his house.
Over the course of the play, Streisand ends up going downstairs to the basement and she and More form a friendly relationship, which becomes the source of admiration and frustration for More.
Janovsky says he finds it rewarding to change his voice and physique to play six different characters. He spent a lot of time studying Streisand’s manners and particularly focused on the way she laughs.
Janovsky graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2019 with a degree in theater and dance. At Muhlenberg, he performed in musical theater productions including “How to Succeed in Business”, “Gypsy” and “Chicago”; and performed with the comedy troupe, the Underground Improv Project.
Since then he has appeared in plays, readings and musicals at PlayPenn Philadelphia, The Lark NYC, The Holmdel Theater Company and Rail Events Inc.
He produced his own stand-up comedy special, “Live from the Living Room,” in 2019, and writes comedies for online outlets.
The show is not recommended for children under 17 years old.
Performances are free upon registration online: www.civictheater.com
” Pride and Prejudice ” :
Players of the Stage, a theater group from Allentown, will perform in person “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen at 7:00 p.m. on June 17-18 and at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on June 19, Living Hope Presbyterian Church, 330 Schantz Road, Allentown.
The production based on Austen’s 1813 romantic novel on manners was adapted by Anna Barshinger Lauffer and is directed by Marian Barshinger.
The story follows the life of the Bennet family, especially Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters, as they navigate their place in society, tough financial prospects, and discover what true love looks like.
The theater troupe is made up mostly of Christian home students and puts on shows to raise funds for local causes.
Players of the Stage has raised over $ 208,000 for charities serving the Lehigh Valley.
“Pride and Prejudice” will benefit Bloom, formerly Truth for Women, who runs three shelters in Lehigh Valley for women survivors of sex trafficking.
Tickets are free. Patrons are invited to make a donation. Reservations required: [email protected]
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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Timothy Janovsky, “Buyer & Cellar,” live broadcast, 7:30 pm June 18-19, Civic Theater514, Allentown.