Theater Listings: July 13 to 19, 2016

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Debbie Zehner and Mike Gallagher are pictured in a scene from ‘Hello, Dolly,’ just one of the musical highlights from ‘Memories and Dreams,’ a 35th anniversary revue at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville from July 15 to 24. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18 show only, $35 with dinner. 570-283-2195.

THIS WEEK: July 13 to 19, 2016

Playroom, seven one-act plays all taking place in a garage written by regional playwrights Okla Elliott, Lukas R. Tamassacci, Jennifer Hill, Rachel Luann Strayer, Lori M. Myers, B. Garret Rogan, Emily Halbing and Matthew S. Hinton. Presented by Gaslight Theatre, 200 East End Centre, Heinz Road, Wilkes-Barre Township. July 14 to 24 with performances 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $15, $12 students and seniors. Info at gaslight-theatre.org.

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s comedy presented by the Scranton Shakespeare Festival on the lawn of the Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. 6 p.m. July 15-17 and 24. Reserve free tickets at scrantonshakes.com.

How to Eat Like a Child, a musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child. Presented by students of the Phoenix Summer Intensive Camp at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409-411 Main St., Duryea. 7 p.m. July 15 and 16; 2 p.m. July 17. $10, $5 children. Reservations: 570-457-3589.

Memories and Dreams, a 35th anniversary revue of musical highlights from 1981 to the present along with musical highlights from possible upcoming productions. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. July 15 to 24 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18 show only, $35 with dinner. 570-283-2195.

Chippendales, the #1 all-male revue. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7 and 10 p.m. July 16. 800-745-3000.

FUTURE

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Broadway comedy presented by the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. 8 p.m. July 22-23; 3 p.m. July 24. Reserve free tickets at scrantonshakes.com.

Seeing in the Darkness, a solo performance by Debi Irene Wahl who portrays Fanny J. Crosby, a blind composer of hymns and gospel songs. Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. 10 to 11:45 a.m. July 23. Free. 570-388-3080.

A Tale for Winter, Anthony Mercado’s play based on Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale.” Performed by the Scranton Shakespeare Festival at the Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. July 23 at noon. Reserve free tickets at scrantonshakes.com.

Macbeth, Shakespeare’s tragedy about the ill-fated Scottish king presented by the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. 8 p.m. July 23. Reserve free tickets at scrantonshakes.com.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the play about games of seduction and revenge between former lovers the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, filmed live at the National Theatre in London. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. July 24. $14, $12 seniors, $10 students. 570-996-1500.

PAI Dance Company Performance, classical ballet, modern dance and jazz pieces by students and faculty of the summer Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 3 p.m. July 24. Free. 570-270-2186.

Funny Girl, the musical portrayal of famed actress and comedian Fanny Brice. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. July 29 to Aug. 14 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Chicago, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about love, murder and fame, performed by students of the summer Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 8 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6. $20, $12 students and seniors. 570-270-2192.

Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr., a presentation by children ages 6 to 12 who studied in the Summer Theatre Workshop. Music Box Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13; 2 p.m. Aug. 14. $12, $10. 570-283-2195.

Nunsense, the award-winning off-Broadway comedy. Presented as a benefit for the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Aug. 20; 2 p.m. Aug. 21. $20. 800-838-3006.

Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, the country superstar’s musical about three female co-workers pushed to the boiling point by their sexist, egotistical bigot of a boss. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Sept. 2 to 25 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Toast! David Parmelee’s play composed entirely of online reviews of products including toasters, coffee makers, mousetraps and more. Gaslight Theatre, 200 East End Centre, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 to 8; 2 p.m. Oct. 9. $15; $12 students and seniors. Info at gaslight-theatre.org.

Heathers: The Musical, the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: The Heathers. Performed by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Oct. 14 to 23 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Mature content. 570-454-5451.

Bonnie and Clyde, the story of the famed Depression-era bank robbers set to music by “Jekyll and Hyde” composer Frank Weildhorn. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Oct. 14 to 30 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Arsenic and Old Lace, the mystery-comedy about two elderly sisters who are devoted to charity and family — but have a habit of befriending lonely men and poisoning them with arsenic-laced elderberry wine. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Nov. 11 to 20 with performances 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

A Christmas Carol, performed by touring company the Nebraska Theatre Caravan who weave traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. $29.50, $25.50, $19.50. 570-826-1100.

Mama Mia! The ultimate feel-good show and Broadway smash hit combining hits by Swedish group ABBA with a tale of love and friendship. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 8. $69.50, $59.50, $49.50. 570-826-1100.

The Pallbearers, a darkly comic take on social growth and decay from playwright B. Garret Rogan. Gaslight Theatre, 200 East End Centre, Wilkes-Barre Township. Jan. 19 to 29. $15; $12 seniors and students. Info at gaslight-theatre.org.

Elvis Lives, a multimedia journey through the life of Elvis Presley with finalists from the worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. $49.50, $39.50, $29.50. 570-826-1100.

I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Own Words and Song, a Black History Month program performed by baritone Anthony Brown. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Feb. 11. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 570-826-1100.

Cirque Zuma Zuma, an African-style Cirque du Soleil. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 570-826-1100.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Neil Simon’s classic comedy about a modern man in the hip sixties looking for something new and different. Performed by Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theater. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. $28, $28, $18. 570-826-1100.

The Peking Acrobats, the premier Chinese company performing daring maneuvers, trickcycling, precision tumbling, juggling and balancing. Presented by the Greater Hazleton Concert Series at Hazleton Area High School, 1601 W. 23rd St. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. 570-788-4864.

Annie, a brand-new incarnation of the iconic original about the optimistic orphan. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. $65, $55, $45. 570-826-1100.

STOMP, the explosive, inventive percussion group that uses a variety of everyday objects as instruments. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. March 15. $55, $45, $35. 570-826-1100.

42nd Street, the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. March 29. $65, $55, $45. 570-826-1100.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus, burlesque and side shows. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 1. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 570-826-1100.

Artrageous, a creative celebration of art, music and bubblewrap with dancers, music and images from Lennon to Elvis to Hendrix. Presented by the Greater Hazleton Concert Series at Hazleton Area High School, 1601 W. 23rd St. 7:30 p.m. April 19. 570-788-4864.

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! Rhythmic Circus, the homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis with their trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 30. $35, 25. 570-826-1100.

Next Fall, a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love by Geoffrey Nauffts. Gaslight Theatre, 200 East End Centre, Wilkes-Barre Township. May 18 to 27. $15; $12 seniors and students. Info at gaslight-theatre.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theater Bus Trip, to New York City for a matinee of the musical “An American in Paris.” Sponsored by the Women’s Society of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Plains on Sept. 14 with an 8 a.m. departure from Plains and 7 p.m. departure from New York. $130 includes transportation and orchestra seating. Reservations: 570-235-0777.

Theater Bus Trip to the American Music Theater in Lancaster for a performance of the “Fall Doo Wop Cavalcade Show.” Sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Pittston on Sept. 17 with a 9:45 a.m. departure from the Pittston Plaza. $108 includes transportation, show ticket, tips and dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Reservations: 570-603-1915.

Theater Bus Trip to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster for a performance of “Samson.” Sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Pittston on Nov. 1 with a 11 a.m. departure from the Pittston Plaza. $118 includes transportation, show ticket, tips and dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Reservations: 570-603-1915.

Debbie Zehner and Mike Gallagher are pictured in a scene from ‘Hello, Dolly,’ just one of the musical highlights from ‘Memories and Dreams,’ a 35th anniversary revue at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville from July 15 to 24. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18 show only, $35 with dinner. 570-283-2195.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_7.15-stage-music-box.jpgDebbie Zehner and Mike Gallagher are pictured in a scene from ‘Hello, Dolly,’ just one of the musical highlights from ‘Memories and Dreams,’ a 35th anniversary revue at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville from July 15 to 24. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18 show only, $35 with dinner. 570-283-2195.
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