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First Posted: 4/16/2015

THIS WEEK: April 22 to 28, 2015

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, the sweetly comic story of two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times, set to the music of 18 Neil Sedaka hits. Pines Dinner Theater, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. Through May 10 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. $48.50; $25 without dinner. Reservations: 610-433-2333.

The Miracle Worker, William Gibson’s play about teacher Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student Helen Keller. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Through April 26 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Collecting used prescription glasses at all shows. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

Live from the Met, an operatic double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” starring Marcelo Alvarez and Eva-Maria Westbroek. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:30 p.m. April 25. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Swan Lake, the classic ballet performed by the Joan Harris Dancers. Dallas Performing Arts Center, 2030 Conyngham Ave. 1 and 5 p.m. April 25; 2 p.m. April 26. $14 advance; $16 at the door. 570-287-7977.

Girls Night: The Musical, about five friends enjoying a wild night out at a karaoke bar, belting out classic pop anthems and reminiscing about their younger days. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. April 25. $37, $30. 570-420-2808.

Spring Concert, a collaboration with opera scenes performed by the Marywood Opera Workshop and dance by the Dance Elan Company. Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 4 p.m. April 26. Free. 570-348-6268.

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Vania & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning Chekhov mash-up set in Bucks County where two middle-aged siblings are visited by their glamorous sister and her new boy toy. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. April 30 to May 17 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $26; $22 seniors; $13 students. For mature audiences. 570-784-8181.

Proprioception, presented by the University of Scranton Players and Marywood University’s School of Architecture. Former Scranton School for the Deaf, 1800 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 30 to May 2. Free. 570-941-4218.

Rent, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical about a group of struggling artists on New York’s Lower East Side. Presented by Liva Arts Company at Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 30 and May 1; 2 and 8 p.m. May 2. 570-941-7401.

New Playwrights Festival, an original play created by students at the University of Scranton and Marywood University. Scranton School for the Deaf, 537 Venard Road, South Abington. 8 p.m. April 30 to May 2. 570-941-4318.

Dance Concert, the annual show by dance minor students and visiting guest artists. Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. May 1; 2 p.m. May 2. Free. 570-348-6268.

Anything Goes, the Tony Award-winning Cole Porter musical comedy. Performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. May 1; 2 and 8 p.m. May 2; 1 p.m. May 3. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Miss Saigon, the musical based on Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” about the doomed romance of an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. May 1 to 17 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Lost in Yonkers, Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama about two brothers who come to live with their tough-love grandmother and dreamer of an aunt. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. May 8 to 17 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $32 with dinner; $16 show only. 570-454-5451.

Godspell, the Biblical musical by Stephen Schwartz, performed by Phoenix Theatrics at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. 7 p.m. May 8, 15-16; 2 and 7 p.m. May 9; 2 p.m. May 17. $12. 570-457-3589.

Noises Off, the hilarious farce about a disorganized theater company attempting to put on a production that is snowballing out of control. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. May 9 to 17 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $17. 570-823-1875.

Hello Dolly! The award-winning Broadway smash musical about matchmaker Dolly Levi who takes over New York in her typically extravagant manner. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. June 5 to 21 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Tommy, the Who’s popular rock opera about the deaf, dumb and blind Pinball Wizard. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. June 12 to 24 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $32 with dinner; $16 show only. 570-454-5451.

Shakespeare in the Park, an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet,” presented by the Gamut Theatre Group. Riverside Park, Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. June 27. Free. Bring a blanket or chair. 570-996-1500.

Mr. Roberts, the classic serio-comedy about life in the South Pacific aboard a navy vessel during World War II. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. July 3 to 12 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $32 with dinner; $16 show only. 570-454-5451.

Shrek: The Musical, the Broadway production about the big green ogre who attempts to rescue a group of fairy-tale characters who’ve been banished from their homes. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. July 10 to 26 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sunday; 1 p.m. July 18 and 26. $20. 570-868-8212.

Mary Poppins, the regional premiere based on the Disney musical about the magical nanny who takes care of the Banks family household in Edwardian London. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Aug. 7 to 16 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $32 with dinner; $16 show only. 570-454-5451.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Broadway musical set in the 1920s about a girl determined to find a rich husband. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Aug. 21 to Sept. 6 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

A Little Night Music, the Broadway musical about love, sex and folly set during a weekend on a country estate. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Sept. 11 to 20 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $32 with dinner; $16 show only. 570-454-5451.

West Side Story, the Broadway musical which sets a Romeo-and-Juliet story among street gangs of New York City. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 12 to 20 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-823-1875.

Tuesdays with Morrie, columnist Mitch Albom’s memoir about his time spent with sociology professor Morrie Schwartz. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Sept. 18 to 27 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

The Addams Family, a musical based on the characters of the macabre television series. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Oct. 16 to Nov. 1 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Also: a special show at midnight on Oct. 31. $20. 570-868-8212.

The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman’s chronicle of the apparent hate-crime death of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 7 to 15 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-823-1875.

Plaid Tidings, a holiday version of “Forever Plaid,” in which members of a singing quartet are killed on the way to their first professional gig but are allowed to return to Earth to do the show. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Nov. 27 to Dec. 13 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Special matinees 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 12. $20. 570-868-8212.

Scrooge, the musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Dec. 3 to 13 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $32 with dinner; $16 show only. 570-454-5451.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theater Bus Trip to see the musical “The King and I” in New York City followed by a family-style dinner at Carmine’s. Leaves 8 a.m. June 3 from the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock and returns at 11 p.m. $265 includes an orchestra seat, transportation and dinner. Reservations: 570-996-1500.