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THIS WEEK: Aug. 16 to 22, 2013

Guys and Dolls Jr., an abbreviated version of the Broadway musical about New York gamblers one of whom bets he can make a “mission doll” fall in love with him. Performed by children 8 to 18 at the KISS Theatre, 58 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre. Through Aug. 25: 2 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 students and seniors, $8 children. 829-1901.


Pennsylvania Lyric Opera, a fully staged and costumed double bill of the comedy “Gianni Schicchi” and the gripping drama “Pagliacci.” Notre Dame High School, 60 Spangenberg St., East Stroudsburg. 7:30 tonight; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20; $15 students and seniors; $5 children. 328-5864 or griceartists.com.


Monty Python’s Spamalot, the musical based on the zany film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Through Aug. 25: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12. 457-3589.


Cirque Du Soiree, a circus-and-cabaret performances with acrobats, fire dancers, jugglers and actors from the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Ledges Hotel, 119 Falls Ave., Hawley. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $20. 588-8077.


Summer Swing! Song-and-dance routines by the Joan Harris Dancers. Knoebel’s Amusement Park, Elysburg. 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 287-7977.


FUTURE

The Mousetrap, the murder mystery by Agatha Christie. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Sept. 13 to 21: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. Reservations: 868-8212.


Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, the musical version of the film about working women. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Sept. 13 to 29: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. $16; $34 with dinner. 283-2195.


The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s drama about a Jewish moneylender in Venice who demands “a pound of flesh” when the borrower cannot pay back the debt. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Opens Oct. 3 with a “pay what you wish” preview. Continues Oct. 4 to 20: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 784-8181.


The Hungry Hungry Games, a stage parody of “The Hunger Games,” the best-selling book and blockbuster film with spoofs of favorite scenes and characters. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Oct. 4. $30, $20. 826-1100.


Hello Dolly! The winner of ten Tony Awards including Best Musical starring Sally Struthers as the strong-willed matchmaker. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. Oct. 11; 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 12; 1 and 6 p.m. Oct. 13. $59, $49, $39. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.


Sweeney Todd, the Victorian musical thriller about “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Oct. 18 to Nov. 2: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Reservations: 868-8212.


National Pastime, a screwball comedy about a radio station that invents a fictional winning baseball team to improve ratings. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 25 to Nov. 10. 823-1875.


A Very Special Christmas Special. It’s 1969 and Andy Billiams is hosting his annual Technicolor Christmas Spectacular live from the little town of Bloomsburg. Join the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in an evening of nostalgic sketches, songs, dances and “local commercials.” Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Nov. 29 to Dec. 28: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 784-8181 or bte.org.


It’s a Wonderful Life, the heartwarming holiday favorite about an angel who helps a businessman in despair. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Nov. 29 to Dec. 15: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Special Family Night performance 8 p.m. Dec. 12. $20. Reservations: 868-8212.


Memphis, the Tony Award winner for 2010 Best Musical about a tale of fame and forbidden love set in the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 25. $62, $52, $35. 826-1100.


Bizet’s Carmen, the timeless opera by French composer Georges Bizet about a young soldier seduced by the fiery Carmen. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 31. $54, $39, $24. 826-1100.


Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Four Seasons and how the four blue-collar kids became a huge success in pop music history. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. Feb. 7; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 8; 1 and 6 p.m. Feb. 9. $122, $70, $60, $41. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.org.


American Idiot, a musical based on punk rockers Green Day’s album about a group of young people experiencing boredom, love, pregnancy, drugs and war. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. March 5. $75 (limited pit), $59, $49, $34. 826-1100.


Driving Miss Daisy, the Pulitzer-winning hit about an elderly southern woman and her African-American driver. Performed by Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theater. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. March 6. $35, $25, $15. 826-1100.


The 39 Steps, a spy story with a twist of comedy, heart-pounding romance and thrilling chase scenes. Adapted from the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. March 6 to 23: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 784-8181 or bte.org.


Rock of Ages, a worldwide party musical with 28 rocking 1980s songs set to a love story between a small-town girl and a big-city rocker. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. March 28; 2 and 8 p.m. March 29; 1 and 6 p.m. March 30. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.org.


Cirque Dreams, a mash-up of celebrated pop and rock tunes mixed with spectacular acrobatics, daring aerialists, gravity defying balancers, powerful strongmen and other awe-inspiring acts. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. April 11; 2 and 8 p.m. April 12; 1 and 6 p.m. April 13. $55, $45, $35. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.org.


Good People, a tale of the class system in America as a blue-collar South Boston girl encounters her long-lost high school sweetheart who may be her ticket to a better life. Contains adult situations and language. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. May 8 to 25: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 784-8181 or bte.org.


An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, a musical love story with the two Tony Award-winning virtuosos (and lifelong friends). Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. May 9; 2 and 8 p.m. May 10; 1 and 6 p.m. May 11. $59, $49, $39. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.org.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Theater Bus Trip, to see “The Miracle of Christmas” at the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster. Sponsored by the Women’s Group of the United Methodist Church in Pittston on Dec. 4 with departure from Pittston Plaza at 9:15 a.m. $102 includes transportation, show, dinner and tips. Reservations (by Sept. 10): 654-2310.


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