THIS WEEK: Aug. 23 to 29, 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. 2 p.m. today; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10 students and seniors, $8 children. 829-1901.
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. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $12. 457-3589.
Top Hats and Boas: A Broadway Cabaret, a showcase of songs from the American musical theater with cabaret performers John Baldino and Erin Canedy along with Jonathan Alunni and Colleen Reynolds. Corner Bistro Dinner Theater, 76-78 Main St., Carbondale. 6 p.m. Sunday. $12. 800-838-3006.
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.
Nunsense, the musical comedy about a group of wacky nuns in Hoboken that spawned six sequels. Corner Bistro Dinner Theater, 76-78 Main St., Carbondale. 8 p.m. Sept. 13-14; 2 p.m. Sept. 15. $20. 282-7499.
Ghost of a Chance, a ghostly romantic comedy about the spirit of a woman’s first husband interfering in her imminent second marriage. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Sept. 19 to 29: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Preview performance 8 p.m. Sept. 19. $8, $6 students. 342-9707.
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. Oct. 3 to 20: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $12 on Oct. 3-4 previews; $26, $21 seniors, $12 students. 784-8181.
Almost, Maine, John Cariani’s comedy about the residents of a small town in northern Maine who fall in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Performed by the King’s College Theatre Department at the George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 131 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; 2 p.m. Oct. 6. $12; $5 students and seniors. 208-5825.
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.
The Blind Tiger, a re-creation of a 1920s speakeasy with authentic music and dance performances of the period along with a five-course 1920s meal. Corner Bistro Dinner Theater, 76 S. Main St., Carbondale. 8 p.m. Oct. 5. Reservations: 282-7499.
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.
Auditions for Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” by Tom Stoppard. Needed: actors, singers, musicians, dancers, mimes, clowns, jugglers and acrobats. Hope Room, Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.