Monday, March 01, 2010

"Of Mice and Men" at DeSales

We were members of the Kennedy Center and enjoyed our fair share of performing arts before moving to the Lehigh Valley, and we have been pleasantly surprised by the quality and diversity of options here, as well as the affordability and availability of tickets to non-subscribers. Many shows in DC sold out to members before going on sale to the public, so if you wanted to get tickets for popular shows, you had to join in advance.

DeSales University's Act 1 student productions may not be at the level of professionals, but it's pretty close. The Labuda Center's theater is packed every time we have seen a show there, and a roster of impressive alumni accomplishments scrolling in the lobby.
A night at the theater is always a fun night out. I saw a musical and a winter show at DeSales (2755 Station Ave. Center Valley) before deciding to subscribe two years ago. Now I have the same seats each time, exactly where I like to be in the theater, and sit elbow-to-elbow with some really nice people. For the price of three shows, I received tickets for four productions, including the current production of "Of Mice and Men." I also really enjoy seeing some of the same faces on stage, and watching the students take on new roles and challenges.

Although the plot was as dark as I remembered from reading John Steinbeck's novel a decade ago, the students pulled it off with a maturity and grace not usually seen in young actors. I always enjoy Act 1's costumes and sets, and this show also featured two convincing fight scenes choreographed by a professional.

Tickets are still available for next weekend's performances of "Of Mice and Men." The run closes on Sunday, March 7, with a 2 p.m. matinee. (Check out WFMZ's piece on the show!)

P.S. I'm already looking forward to the spring musical, "Guys and Dolls."


  1. Anonymous3/03/2010

    I love the Shakespeare Festival at DeSales in the summer. Quality is excellent (many actors are professionals but I think a couple of students are involved too.) Main Stage shows this year are "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum" and "Romeo and Juliet." Some of the other shows are geared toward children and have lower pricing - perfect outing for the family.

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  2. Anonymous3/13/2010

    DeSales is as 'professional' a production company as this Valley is going to see. I've been fortunate enough over the years to have been to 'Shakespeare Festival' plays in Stratford Canada, Connecticut and England and the DeSales productions rank way up there both in selection, style and literary value.