Theater Listings: Sept. 23 to 29, 2015

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The University of Scranton Players will present 'The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket' through Sept. 27 at the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts.
Michael Marone and Drew Coffman star in ‘Tuesdays with Morrie,’ playing through Sept. 27 at the Theatre at the Grove in Nuangola.

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    THIS WEEK: Sept. 23 to 29, 2015

    Menopause: The Musical, a musical parody spoofing menopause symptoms, set to classic tunes from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s with a cast of breast-cancer survivors. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. $58 (pit), $48, $42. Proceeds benefit in part the Susan G. Komen fund. 570-826-1100.

    One Slight Hitch, a heartwarming comedy from comedian Lewis Black about a marriage ceremony where nothing goes as planned. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 221 Center St., Bloomsburg. Opens Sept. 24 with a “Pay What You Wish” (cash only) performance. Continues Sept. 25 to Oct. 11 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.; 3 p.m. Sundays. For mature audiences. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

    Rebounds, a musical murder mystery presented by the Lift Your Spirits Performance Troupe. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, off Route 118, Dallas. Sept. 27 with desserts and beverages at 4 p.m. and performance at 5 p.m. $10; $7 children. Reservations: 570-675-3859.

    The Golden Age, A.R. Gurney’s play about a young F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar who pursues an elderly woman, believing she possesses a rare, unpublished chapter from “The Great Gatsby.” Presented by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Through Sept. 27 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12; $10 seniors; $8 students. 570-342-9707.

    The Sound of Music, the final musical collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II about the singing Von Trapp family, set in World War II Austria. Presented by Phoenix Kids at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Through Sept. 27 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10. 570-991-1817.

    The Rise and Rise of David Rocket, Peter Parnell’s drama about a sixth-grader who is firmly convinced he can fly, a belief that causes him to be shunned and ridiculed by his classmates. But can he really soar above it all? Presented by the University of Scranton Players at the Royal Theater, McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts, Scranton. Through Sept. 27 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

    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. Through Sept. 27 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

    FUTURE

    1776, the Tony Award-winning musical about the birth of our nation and the signers of the Declaration of Independence presented by the King’s College Theater Department. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 1 to 10 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12; $5 students and seniors. 570-208-5825.

    Our Town, Thornton Wilder’s enduring classic celebrating everyday existence in small-town America. Presented by Wilkes University at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Oct. 1 to 3; 2 p.m. Oct. 4. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

    Bangor’s Elixir, a comedy using some of the most outrageous and bizarre subject lines of spam email, written by local playwright Alicia Lynn Grega. The Leonard Theatre, 335 Adams Ave., Scranton. 6 p.m. Oct. 2; 5 p.m. Oct. 3; 3 p.m. Oct. 4. Held in conjunction with the Scranton Fringe Festival. $10. Info at scrantonfringe.org.

    Our Town, Thornton Wilder’s timeless classic and Pulitzer Prize winner that explores the lives of people living in a quintessentially American small town. Setta LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3. Free. 570-340-6000.

    Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radnor, A Sort of Love Story, touching dialogues by Saturday Night Live writer Alan Zweibel who recalls his buddy and almost-lover actress Gilda Radnor who died of ovarian cancer. Held in conjunction with the Scranton Fringe Festival at the Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 5 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 3; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4. 570-969-1040.

    Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice, a spooktacular figure-skating event with a cast of Olympic, World and U.S. National medalists including Kurt Browning, Alissa Czisny, Nicole Bobek, Johnny Weir and Jozef Sabovcik. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Oct. 8. $25 to $85. 800-745-3000.

    Annual Quilt Bingo and Bake Sale, with queen, full and baby quilts. Winner makes selection. Saints Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains. Oct. 11 with kitchen open at noon and games at 1 p.m. $5. 570-823-7941.

    Of Mice and Men: National Theatre Live, the hit Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize-winning play, filmed on stage in New York and performed by the National Theatre, starring Golden Globe winner James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. Oct. 11 and 25. $14, $12 seniors, $10 students. 570-996-1500.

    Into the Woods, the Broadway musical full of fairy-tale characters whose traditional stories become a bit twisted. Presented by Phoenix Theatrics at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Oct. 16 to 25 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12. 570-991-1817.

    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 Price Is Right Live! The hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come on down” and win appliances, vacations and new cars. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Oct. 22. $81.50, $57.50, $47.50, $37.50. 570-826-1100.

    Bullets over Broadway, the national Broadway tour of the Roaring Twenties musical based on the 1994 Woody Allen film about flappers, showgirls, a Broadway diva, a struggling playwright, gangsters and other campy characters. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. Oct. 25. $40, $20 children. 570-389-4409.

    The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of “South Park.” Contains explicit language. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 to 29; 8 p.m. Oct. 30; 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 31; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1. 570-342-7784.

    Hamlet: National Theatre Live, a filmed production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Dietrich Theatre, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. Nov. 1 and 15. $14, $12 seniors, $10 students. 570-996-1500.

    Ragtime, the Broadway touring company in the award-winning musical about Scott Joplin’s new ragtime music providing the soundtrack for an America in transition at the turn of the 20th century. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. Nov. 6. $40, $20 children. 570-389-4409.

    The Baltimore Waltz, Paula Vogel’s play about a terminally ill woman traveling through Europe with her gay brother, both in search of hedonistic pleasures. Presented by the University of Scranton Players at the Royal Theater, McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts, Scranton. Nov. 6 to 15 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

    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.

    The Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue, live skits, songs and buffoonery reminiscent of 1920s-30s vaudeville. St. Basil’s Church, 101 Churchill St., Dushore. 2 p.m. Nov. 8. $10, $1 students. 570-928-8968.

    The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli, local playwright Tom Flannery’s one-man show about the World War II hero and U.S. Medal of Freedom honoree. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. Nov. 8. Free. 570-996-1500.

    The Illusion, Tony Kushner’s witty adaptation of Corneille’s “L’Illusion Comique,” a fairytale about a dying man’s search for his long-lost son and the wizard who conjures visions of the adventurous and romantic life his son has been living since being expelled from home. Presented by the King’s College Theater Department at the George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 12 to 21 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

    Shout! The Mod Musical, a hip-swiveling journey through the pop classics of London in the sixties through the lives of five “birds” coming of age. Presented by Wilkes University at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 13 to 22 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

    Fall Dance Showcase, a performance by students minoring in dance along with special guest artists. Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Nov. 19; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; 2 p.m. Nov. 21. Free. Reservations: 570-348-6268.

    A Christmas Story, the nostalgic and witty story of young Ralphie and his all-out campaign to get a Red Ryder Air Rifle for Christmas despite everyone’s admonitions that he’ll “shoot his eye out.” Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 221 Center St., Bloomsburg. Opens Nov. 27 with a “Food Preview” performance (bring a non-perishable food item for admission) at 2 p.m. Continues Nov. 28 to Dec. 27 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.; 3 p.m. Sundays. Special matinee performance 2 p.m. Nov. 28. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

    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.

    Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a new holiday stage extravaganza with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2. 570-342-7784.

    Golden Days of Radio, a holiday performance of old-time radio plays by the Radio Players. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Free. 570-996-1500.

    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.

    A Christmas Story, presented by Phoenix Theatrics at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Dec. 4 to 13 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12. 570-991-1817.

    Parsons Dance Company, the internationally renowned troupe founded by David Parsons, joined by the East Village Opera Company, performing selections from its rock-dance opera “Remember Me.” Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. Dec. 5. $30, $15 children. 570-389-4409.

    Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers in old Verona. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 221 Center St., Bloomsburg. Opens Jan. 22 with a “Pay What You Wish” (cash only) performance. Continues Jan. 23 to 30 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

    Saturday Night Fever, the classic dance story in a new production based on the 1977 movie, packed with legendary hits by the Bee Gees. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 23. $58.50, $48.50, $38.50. 570-826-1100.

    Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice. Performed by Teatro Lirico D’Europa with a live orchestra. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. $57, $42, $27. 570-826-1100.

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. Feb. 5; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 6; 1 p.m. Feb. 7. 570-342-7784.

    Dogfight: The Musical, about a soldier leaving for Vietnam intent on proving his macho superiority by playing a trick on a lonely waitress. Presented by Wilkes University at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 19 to 28 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

    Macbeth, Shakespeare’s tragedy of greed, ambition, treachery and personal destruction that follow Scots general Macbeth after he receives predictions of his greatness by three witches. Performed by the King’s College Theater Department at the George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 to 26; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26; 2 p.m. Feb. 27. $12; $7 seniors; $5 students. 570-208-5825.

    A Moon for the Misbegotten, the final play and only love story written by four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eugene O’Neill. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Feb. 25. $38, $28, $18. 570-826-1100.

    Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, a live multi-media journey through the life and times of the celebrated foursome. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. 570-342-7784.

    Annie, the Tony Award-winning, much-loved musical based on the comic-strip character “Little Orphan Annie.” Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7 p.m. March 4; 1 and 7 p.m. March 5. 570-342-7784.

    Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night of music. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 18. $60.50, $50.50, $40.50. 570-826-1100.

    Don Quixote, the full-length ballet about the chivalrous but off-kilter adventures of the self-appointed knight errant, performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. March 18. $35, $17 children. 570-389-4409.

    Secret in the Wings, Mary Zimmerman’s compelling narrative on human impulses using short fairy tales which delve into the lands of ogres and princes. Performed by the King’s College Theater Department at the George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. April 14 to 23 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Special matinee 2 p.m. April 23. $12; $7 seniors; $5 students. 570-208-5825

    Twelfth Night (or What You Will), Shakespeare’s comedy involving mistaken identity, shipwrecks, love triangles, disguises and more. Presented by Wilkes University at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 14 to 16; 2 p.m. April 17. $10, $5 seniors and students. 570-408-4540.

    Materialize! A Broadway-caliber magic show with master illusionist Drew Thomas, a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 16. $40, $30, $25. 570-826-1100.

    Koresh Dance Company, with guest performers from local and regional dance studios. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 9 p.m. April 23. $30, $15 children. 570-389-4409.

    Riverdance, the 20th-anniversary tour of the show that propelled Irish dancing and music into popular culture. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. April 29; 2 and 8 p.m. April 30; 1 and 6:30 p.m. May 1. 570-342-7784.

    42nd Street, the quintessential Broadway musical comedy about a starry-eyed dancer who leaves her Allentown home to become a Broadway star. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. May 20; 2 and 8 p.m. May 21; 1 p.m. May 22. 570-342-7784.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Auditions for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s production of “A Christmas Story.” Young actors should come prepared to tell a two-to-five-minute story about a favorite present they received in the past. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Oct. 3 with registration at 9:30 a.m. and auditions at 10 a.m. 570-441-7173.

    The University of Scranton Players will present ‘The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket’ through Sept. 27 at the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_9.25-Stage-Daniel-Rocket.jpgThe University of Scranton Players will present ‘The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket’ through Sept. 27 at the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts.

    Michael Marone and Drew Coffman star in ‘Tuesdays with Morrie,’ playing through Sept. 27 at the Theatre at the Grove in Nuangola.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_9.25-stage-Morrie-Michael-Marone-and-Drew-Coffman.jpgMichael Marone and Drew Coffman star in ‘Tuesdays with Morrie,’ playing through Sept. 27 at the Theatre at the Grove in Nuangola.