THIS WEEK: Sept. 21 to 27, 2016
Body Awareness, a comedy with mature themes by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker about liberal academics Phyllis and Joyce who are housing a controversial photographer during the local university’s Body Awareness Week. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Sept. 22 to Oct. 9 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.
Starlight Express, the rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber with actors performing on Heely’s sneaker skates around a race track built around the audience. Presented by Phoenix Kids at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Through Oct. 2 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10. Reservations: 570-457-3589.
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. Through Sept. 25 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.
La Cage aux Folles, the Tony Award-winning musical about the comedic chaos that occurs when the son of a gay couple brings his fiancee’s uber-conservative parents home for a visit. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Through Sept. 25 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. $18; $35 with dinner. Reservations: 570-283-2195.
Rock of Ages, the 1980s-inspired rock musical romance about a young couple chasing their dream of making it big in Los Angeles. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Through Sept. 24 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $30, $18. 570-823-1875.
The House of Blue Leaves, a farcical, dark comedy about a zookeeper who dreams of leaving his schizophrenic wife and heading for Hollywood with his girlfriend. Presented by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Through Sept. 25 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 570-342-9707.
The Birds, a new version of Aristophanes’ classic comedy. Royal Theater, McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10, $7 students and seniors. 570-941-4318.
Nufonia Must Fall, a magical, multi-disciplinary adaptation of DJ Kid Koala’s graphic novel, telling the story of a music-loving robot who falls in love with his human office mate. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. $36, $18 children. Followed by an after-party with Kid Koala spinning tunes in the lobby. $36, $18 children. 570-389-4409 or cas.buzz.
The Jungle Book, a magical journey through Rudyard Kipling’s collections of stories showcasing different customs and lifestyles around the world, performed by Pennsylvania Ballet II. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 3 p.m. Sept. 25. $10. 570-270-2192.
Godspell, the Broadway show composed of musical parables from the Gospel According to St. Matthew chronicling the last days of Jesus. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 29 to Oct. 8 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12; $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.
The Playboy of the Western World, J.M. Synge’s 1907 Irish comedy about an ordinary lad in County Mayo who becomes the village heartthrob — by confessing to murder. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Sept. 29 to Oct. 1; 2 p.m. Oct. 2. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.
Melanie Speakman, Cathy Rist Strauch and Marnie Azzarelli are in the cast of ‘House of Blue Leaves,’ an Actors Circle production at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton through Sept. 25.
Pennsylvania Ballet II will present the children’s ballet “The Jungle Book” at Wyoming Seminary’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m.
Kevin Costley and Seth Brandreth star in the comedy ‘La Cage aux Folles,’ playing at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville.
Brock Marion, Megan Dennis, Jacob Bianchi, Rhiannon Legg, Jacob Hull and Mary Sinclair will skate around the audience during the performance of ‘Starlight Express,’ running through Oct. 2 at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre in Duryea.