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First Posted: 1/22/2015

THIS WEEK: Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2015

God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play about a playground altercation between two 11-year-old boys which brings two sets of parents together in a fast-paced, one-act exploration of liberal principles. Performed by the Gaslight Theatre Company for the Scranton Community Concert Series. The Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 to 31; 2 p.m. Feb. 1. $12; $10 students. 570-955-1455.

Art, the 1998 Tony Award winner for Best Play about three long-time friends squabbling over a the value of a completely white modern art painting, purchased by one of them. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Through Feb. 1 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $26; $22 seniors; $13 students. 570-784-8181.

E-Love, a musical comedy about the trials and tribulations of meeting that perfect someone. Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. Through March 8 with performances 2 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $25; $48.50 (with dinner, served 90 minutes before showtime). Reservations: 610-433-2333.

Hamlet, an intimate production of Shakespeare’s tragedy about the indecisive Prince of Denmark, set just before World War I. Performed by the REV Theatre Company at Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7 p.m. Jan. 30; 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 31. $16; $10 students. 570-344-1111.

Fiddler on the Roof, the Broadway musical about the father of five daughters who strives to keep up Jewish traditions in his small Russian village. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Jan. 30 to Feb. 15 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. $35; $30 children; $18 show only. 570-283-2195.

Live from the Met: Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Offenbach’s energetic operatic masterpiece with tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Jan. 31. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

FUTURE

50 Shades! The Musical Parody, the sexy and hilarious sendup to the novel “50 Shades of Grey.” Presented by Broadway Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. Feb. 6. $57, $49. 570-344-1111.

Leading Ladies, the Ken Ludwig comedy about two British Shakespearean actors who impersonate the nieces of an old lady in an attempt to steal their inheritance. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Opens Feb. 12 with a preview performance at 8 p.m. ($8). Continues Feb. 13 to 22 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 570-342-9707.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical, a big-hearted musical comedy with a cheeky script and infectious score following Pippi the Stripper on the run as she wreaks havoc all over Armadillo Acres, Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 13 to 22 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s popular Broadway musical depicting several well-known fairy tales and their aftermaths. Performed by the Wyoming Seminary Players at the Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14; 2 p.m. Feb. 15. $4 advance; $5 at the door. 570-270-2192.

Live from the Met, an opera double bill with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting fairy tale “Iolanta” followed by the erotic psychological thriller “Bluebeard’s Castle.” Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Moon over Buffalo, a madcap comedy by Ken Ludwig centering on two fading 1950s stars with one last shot at stardom. Performed by the King’s Players at the King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-20 and 23; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21; 2 p.m. Feb. 22. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers from two feuding families. Performed by the Wyoming Seminary Middle School Players at the Lower School’s Amato Auditorium, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 7 p.m. Feb. 20; 2 p.m. Feb. 21. Free. 570-270-2192.

Songs of Eva Peron, a journey through dance and music tracing Peron’s epic life by Tango Buenos Aires. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. Feb. 21. $30, $15 children. 570-389-4409.

Short Works by the Big Guy, original shorts by playwright K.K. Gordon including “Finding the Inner Chuck Norris,” “Real Friends Help You Move” and “Flesh Eaters of Hyde Park.” Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. 8 p.m. Feb. 26 to 28; 2 p.m. March 1. 570-209-7766.

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s comedy about the governor of Vienna exerting strict moral conduct over the populace with the result that young Claudio is sentenced to death for getting his fiance with child. Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28. $10. Reservations: 570-348-6211, ext. 6097.

Rhythm of the Dance, traditional Irish music and dance tracing the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Presented by Scranton Community Concerts at the Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. March 5. 570-955-1455.

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best-selling book with musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk with his grey tie and lots of hilarious surprises. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. March 6. $39.50. 570-826-1100.

Flashdance, the pop-culture phenomenon about a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night who has dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. March 6; 2 and 8 p.m. March 7; 1 p.m. March 8. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

After School Players Showcase, a performance of selected scenes by the young thespians. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. March 7. $5. Reservations: 570-996-1500.

Skin and Bone, a dark southern Gothic comedy about two elderly ladies whose ancestral home is destined for the wrecking ball. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. March 12 to 29 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $26; $22 seniors; $13 students. 570-784-8181.

Live from the Met: La Donna Del Lago, Rossini’s showcase of vocal virtuosity set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. Starring bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato as the Lady of the Lake and Juan Diego Florez as the king who pursues her. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. March 14. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Theatre Program Showcase, a Broadway musical revue showcasing the talents of theater majors. Black Box Theatre, Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. March 20 and 21; 1 p.m. March 22. Free. 570-348-6268.

Jesus Christ Superstar, the Broadway musical based on the life of Christ. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. March 21 to 29 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-823-1875.

Jekyll & Hyde, the Broadway musical based on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel about a London scientist struggling with his good and evil selves. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 27. $62, $52, $42. 570-826-1100.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy, Steve Solomon’s award-winning comedy, the longest-running one-man show on Broadway. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. March 27 and 28. $45.50, $35.50. 570-342-7784.

Jekyll & Hyde, the national touring company of Broadway’s hit musical based on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel about good and evil in mankind. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. March 29. $45, $22 children. 570-389-4409.

Sister’s Easter Catechism. Colleen Moore returns with the Easter version of her comedic catechism class. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 7:30 p.m. April 8 to 10; 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 11; 3 p.m. April 12. $26. 570-784-8181.

Alice in Wonderland, the Manhattan Project’s version of the Lewis Carroll classic following Alice as she adventures down the rabbit hole into the human psyche, meeting the dark, unsettling shadows which linger there. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 9 to 11; 2 p.m. April 12. $10, $5 seniors and students. 570-408-4540.

The Great Gatsby, a dramatic presentation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel set in the Jazz Age. Performed by the Montana Repertory Company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. April 10. $35, $15. 570-344-1111.

Peter and the Starcatcher, the Tony Award-winning swashbuckling prequel to “Peter Pan,” based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 11. $57, $47, $37. 570-826-1100.

Henry V, Shakespeare’s powerful history play about young Prince Hal as he abandons a life of leisure to unite his English countrymen and become king. Performed by the King’s Players at the King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 15-17 and 19; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

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.

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.

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. 570-784-8181.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Hidden Path: A Way into Theatre, a workshop for high school students interested in pursuing theater technical positions. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $15. Registration: 570-862-3615.

Theater Bus Trip to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster for a performance of “Moses,” sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Pittston. Bus leaves Pittston Plaza 10:45 a.m. April 10. $116 includes transportation, show, tips, taxes and dinner at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Reservations: 570-603-1915.