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First Posted: 11/14/2014

THIS WEEK: Nov. 19 to 25, 2014

Other Desert Cities, the Broadway drama about a daughter’s return to her family for the Christmas holiday where she announces her plans to publish 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. Nov. 20-21 and Nov. 23-24; 2 p.m. Nov. 22. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. Reservations: 570-208-5825.

Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical performed by students at Crestwood High School, 281 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. $6, $4 seniors and students. 570-474-6782.

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.

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. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. 570-941-4318.

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.

Dance Workshop, a master class given by a professional dancer. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Open to the public. 570-348-6211.

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 Blvd., 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.

Dance Workshop, a master class for dancers with Eric Campros, choreographer for Usher and the Backstreet Boys. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Dec. 7. $15. Open to the public. Reservations: 570-408-4420.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas, about the adventures of a girl and her mouse friend who respond to a North Pole emergency. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Nov. 28 to Dec. 28 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. No performance on Dec. 25. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

Denny Corby and David Garrity, an evening of magic, mind reading and illusions with a comedic twist. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28. $18. 570-325-0249.

Golden Days of Radio Players, performances of old-time radio plays with authentic sound effects. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. Free. 570-996-1500.

A Christmas Story, the regional premiere of the Broadway musical based on the 1983 movie about young Ralphie who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Opens Friday, Dec. 5 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 21 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner and cocktails served 90 minutes before curtain. $16; $34 with dinner. 570-283-2195.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the comic escapades of three country girls as they reunite for a Christmas show. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Friday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 14 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-868-8212.

A Christmas Carol, a presentation of the Dickens classic tale. Cross Creek Community Church, 370 Carverton Road, Trucksville. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. 570-696-0399.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, a return of the Christmas tradition as 40 world-class Russian artists bring Tchaikovsky’s classic to life with larger-than-life puppets, a growing Christmas tree and life-size Matrushka dolls. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. $70, $50, $40, $30. 570-826-1100.

Opera Scenes, staged scenes from various operas performed by students of music, theater and dance. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. Free. 570-348-6211.

The Gift, an outdoor musical drama re-creating the birth of Christ in Bethlehem with more than 100 actors, live animals and special effects. Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, 340 Carverton Road, Trucksville. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13; 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Free. 570-696-1128.

Live from the Met: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Wagner’s epic comedy about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Noon on Saturday, Dec. 13. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

The Santaland Diaries, based on the comic experiences of David Sedaris’ stint working as one of Santa’s elves at Macy’s Department Store. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Capitol Restaurant, 45 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 21. $20. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

The Happy Elf, a family holiday musical based on Harry Connick Jr.’s original song about Eubie the Elf who wants to bring Christmas joy to the gloomy town of Bluesville. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Friday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 28 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $42, $18. 570-344-1111.

Live from the Met: The Merry Widow, Lehar’s enchanting operetta starring Renee Fleming as the beguiling woman who captivates all of Paris. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 play about the Salem witch trials of 1692. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Opens Saturday, Jan. 17 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 25 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $17. 570-823-1875.

Hamlet, Shakespeare’s tragedy about the indecisive Prince of Denmark performed by the REV Theatre Company. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 1 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No 7 p.m. performance on Feb. 1. 570-344-1111.

Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

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. Wednesday Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 1. 570-955-1455.

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. Saturday, Jan. 31. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

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. Friday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 22 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

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. Saturday, 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. Thursday, Feb. 19; Friday, Feb. 20; Monday, Feb. 23; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

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. Saturday, Feb. 21. $30, $15 children. 570-389-4409.

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. Thursday March 5. 570-955-1455.

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. Friday, March 6; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7; 1 p.m. Sunday, March 8. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

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. Saturday, March 14. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Jesus Christ Superstar, the Broadway musical based on the life of Christ. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Opens Saturday, March 21 and continues through Sunday, March 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. Friday, March 27. $62, $52, $42. 570-826-1100.

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. Sunday, March 29. $45, $22 children. 570-389-4409.

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. Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11; 2 p.m. Sunday, 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. Friday, April 10. $35, $15. 570-344-1111.

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. Wednesday, April 15 to Friday, April 17 and Sunday, April 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. Saturday, April 25. $24, $22. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

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. Friday, May 1; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2; 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3. 570-342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.