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First Posted: 9/6/2014

THIS WEEK: Sept. 10 to 16, 2014

The Misanthrope and the Little Buddha, the Developing Artist solo performance by Kat Bullington in the kickoff show of the Women’s Solo Performance Festival. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. Pay what you wish. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

The Cocktail Hour, a comedy drama by A.R. Gurney about a playwright whose newest drama, written about his family, is closer to the truth than the family members are willing to admit. Presented by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Opens Thursday, Sept. 11 with a preview performance ($8). Continues through Sunday, Sept. 21 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 570-342-9707.

LiveD, LoveD and NYC — Why I Love (And Sometimes Hate) All Three! Ann Bonner’s one-woman musical cabaret all about life in New York. The second of five shows in the Women’s Solo Performance Festival. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. $15. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

Catch Me If You Can, the high-flying Broadway musical about Frank W. Abagnale Jr., who poses as a pilot, doctor and lawyer before the FBI catches on to his impostor ways. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Through Sunday, Sept. 14 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-823-1875.

The Cocktail Hour, a comedy drama by A.R. Gurney about a playwright whose newest drama, written about his family, is closer to the truth than the family members are willing to admit. Presented by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Through Sunday, Sept. 21 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 570-342-9707.

The Bark and the Tree, Vivian Nesbitt’s one-woman show and winner of two awards at New York’s acclaimed United Solo Theatre Festival. The third of five shows in the Women’s Solo Performance Festival. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 $15. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, a Civil War drama about a lost soldier and a blind woman who fall in love although they are on opposite sides of the war. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13; 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. $10. 570-996-1500.

Hope Street, comedian Chris Rich’s one-woman show incorporating family stories, photos and criminal records. The fourth of five shows in the Women’s Solo Performance Festival. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 $15. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

Murder Most Foul, a murder-mystery comedy musical. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Saturday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 28 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before show time. $16; $34 with dinner. 570-283-2195.

Haunted! Mysteries of THE Beyond, an interactive play about the hauntings that occurred in a Scranton building, incorporating seances and experiments in mind control, telepathy, clairvoyance and sightless vision. Houdini Museum, 1433 N. Main Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 29. Includes pizza and snacks at intermission. $35. Reservations: 383-9297.

Vamping, Kali Quinn’s one-woman show in which she transforms into characters ranging from age 6 to 91. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. $15. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

A Streetcar Named Desire, a filmed production of the Tennessee Williams’ classic play, broadcast directly from London’s Young Vic Theatre. Starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16. $20, $15. 570-825-4444 or 570-961-5943.

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Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical, the thriller about the dichotomy of good and evil in mankind based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Friday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 5: 8 p.m. with performances Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Table Manners, the first play in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy “The Norman Conquests,” comedies which center on the relationships of six characters, three of whom are siblings. Performed by the University of Scranton Players at the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts on campus. Friday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 28 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s classic novel adapted by Laurie McCants and re-set in the swinging sixties at a Pennsylvania lake. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Thursday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 12 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181.

All the King’s Women, a fast-paced and touching comedy telling the story of Elvis Presley through the eyes of 17 women. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. $10, $5 seniors and students. 570-408-4540.

The Who’s “Tommy,” the rock opera based on the British group’s 1969 album, performed by the King’s Players. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 131 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct 3 and Monday, Oct. 6; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. $12, $7 seniors; $5 students. 570-208-5825.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl’s satire about how modern technology both unites and isolates people. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4. $10, $8, $6. 570-348-6211.

A Bronx Tale, a one-man show starring Chazz Palminteri, who brings 18 characters to life while depicting a young boy’s rough childhood in the 1960s. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. $81, $51, $41, $31. 570-826-1100.

Murder’s in the Heir, an interactive comedy-mystery dinner theater inspired by the board game Clue and performed by the North Pocono Odyssey Players. St. Eulalia’s Hall, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Township. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. $28 by Sept. 22; $35 thereafter. Reservations: 570-842-7656.

Live from the Met: Macbeth, Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy with star soprano Anna Netrebko. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Boulevard, Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion, the unique and colorful signature production offering the 3000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts in a show exploring two emblematic creatures: the dragon representing the east and the lion symbolizing the west. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Oct. 17; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18; 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. $35 to $125. 800-745-3000 or cirquedusoleil.com/dralion.

Legally Blonde Jr., a shortened version of the Broadway musical adapted for young performers aged 11 to 21. Music Box Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. $12; $10 children. 570-283-2195.

Live from the Met: Le Nozze Di Figaro, a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece set during the gilded age of the late 1920s. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Boulevard, Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Slapstick Sonata, a theater piece with visual poetry meeting physical comedy with a dash of contemporary circus, set to the music of Mozart and Handel. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. $37, $27. 570-826-1100.

Mamma Mia, the Broadway musical smash set to the pop songs of ABBA. Performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

The Rocky Horror Show, the campy musical and cult classic about a young couple who take shelter in a spooky mansion full of goulish and strange characters. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Opens Friday, Oct. 24 and continues through Saturday Nov. 1 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-823-1875.

Desire Under the Elms, Eugene O’Neill’s 1924 play adapted and performed by the Sichuan Chengdu Opera House with 17 musicians and 12 performers using traditional Chinese instruments, masks, acrobatics, sword fights and fire stunts to tell the story. Setta LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. Free. 570-348-6211.

Double Play, two performances by musical-theater students: “Progress” and “If You Give a Girl a Stage.” Black Box Theatre of the Setta LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. Free. 570-348-6211.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a musical based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Friday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 16: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Live from the Met: Carmen, Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Boulevard, Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

360 All-Stars, a radical urban circus with break dancers, a basketball freestyler and Roue Cyr wheel artist along with dancers and musicians. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. $27. 570-826-1100.

Carrie: The Musical, the gripping rock musical about the bullied telekinetic teen misfit. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Nov. 7 to Sunday, Nov. 16 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

The Pillowman, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s drama about a writer arrested when his short stories resemble actual crimes committed against children. Performed by the University of Scranton Players at the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts on campus. Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 23 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

Fall Dance Showcase, performances by dance-minor students. Black Box Theatre of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15; 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. Free. 570-348-6211.

Other Desert Cities, the Broadway drama about a daughter’s return to her family for the Christmas holiday where she announces her plans to publich a memoir exposing a family tragedy. Performed by the King’s Players at the King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20; Friday, Nov. 21; Sunday, Nov. 23 and Monday, Nov. 24. Matinee 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

An Evening with Groucho, fast-paced comedy, songs, stories and audience interaction with Frank Ferrante re-creating the legendary Groucho Marx. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. $31.50, $21.50. 570-826-1100.

Sister Act, the Broadway musical comedy about a wannabe diva who witnesses a crime and is hidden in a convent by the police. Performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Live from the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the Metropolitan Opera’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Boulevard, Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible, the seven-member group of conjurers delivering hilarious magic tricks and death-defying stunts. Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. $35; $17 children. 570-389-4409.