Theater Listings: Feb. 17 to 23, 2016

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Katherine Priestash and Kate Von Bergen star in the Actors Circle production of the Lillian Hellman drama ‘The Children’s Hour’ playing through Feb. 21 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.
Wilkes University will present ‘Dogfight: The Musical’ Feb. 19 to 28 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre. Pictured are Gianna Chase and Paul Doherty.
The musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ continues through Feb. 21 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville. Pictured are Jimmy Williams and Megan Horwatt.

THIS WEEK: Feb. 17 to 32, 2016

Guys and Dolls, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about a New York City gambler who falls for a female missionary. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Through Feb. 21 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Special Family Show on Feb. 18. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. $18; $35 with dinner. 570-283-2195.

The Children’s Hour, Lillian Hellman’s play about two female teachers who become the victims of vicious rumors begun by one of the students. Presented by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Through Feb. 21 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

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.

The Clothesline Muse, a theatrical production about African-American washwomen and other domestic workers told through dance, music, spoken word and video. With jazz vocalist and choreographer Nnenna Freelon. Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. $25. 570-389-4409.

The Audience, a play about Queen Elizabeth’s private meetings with her prime ministers starring Helen Mirren. A filmed performance by the National Theatre, recorded in London’s West End. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. Feb. 21. $14, $12 seniors, $10 students. 570-996-1500.

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Macbeth, Shakespeare’s tragedy of greed, ambition, treachery and personal destruction that follows 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. 27; 2 p.m. Feb. 28. $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.

Songs for a New World, a song-cycle musical with four performers playing various characters in scenes ranging from a Spanish sailing ship to a New York penthouse ledge. Presented by the Marywood University Theatre Department at the Sette LaVerghetta Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27. $10, $8 seniors, $6 students. 570-348-6268.

Broadway Bound, a cabaret performance by actors from the Phoenix Performing Art Centre along with a three-course meal, dance party and photo booth. Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 27. $20. Reservations: 570-457-3589.

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.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical, Shakespeare’s magical comedy about young lovers and fairy royalty set to music. Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. March 4 to 13 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10. Reservations: 570-457-3589.

Big Fish, a musical about the relationship between a father who tells fantastic stories and his adult son who is trying to decide how many of the stories are true. Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. March 4 to 13 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

Midsummer Night’s Dream, a musical version of the Shakespeare fantasy, adapted for kids to learn about Shakespeare. Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St., Duryea. March 4 to 13 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10. 570-457-3589.

Class Action, a comedy-drama with an entertaining portrayal of high school life, performed by the After School Players. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. March 5. $5. 570-996-1500.

Live from the Met: Manon Lescaut, Puccini’s opera of obsessive love between a Parisian temptress and a dashing student, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. 12:55 p.m. March 5 at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Encore performance at Cinemark 6:30 p.m. March 9. $25, $22, $20, $17. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Born for This, a musical production detailing the final hours of Jesus Christ. Performed by Lift Your Spirits Performing Arts at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas. 6 p.m. March 13. $10. 570-675-3859.

Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular, a Celtic tale that unfolds during the Dark Ages when the land was ruled by the wicked sorceress Azura whose spell has trapped the legendary hero Balor under her control. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. March 13. $37.50, $25, $20. 570-826-1100.

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.

Live from the Met: Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s tragic love story between a U.S. Naval officer and a young Japanese girl, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. 12:55 p.m. April 2 at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Encore performance at Cinemark 6:30 p.m. April 6. $25, $22, $20, $17. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

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.

Live from the Met: Roberto Devereux, Donizetti’s opera about Queen Elizabeth I who was forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. 12:55 p.m. April 16 at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Encore performance at Cinemark 6:30 p.m. April 20. $25, $22, $20, $17. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

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.

Arsenic and Old Lace, a comedy dealing with the hilarious members of the unusual — and homicidal — Brewster family. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. April 29 and 30; 2 p.m. May 1. $10. 570-996-1500.

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.

The Importance of Being Earnest, a witty comedy of manners by Oscar Wilde, subtitled “a trivial comedy for serious people.” Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. April 29 to May 8 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

Live from the Met: Elektra, Richard Strauss’ opera about a woman’s primal quest for vengeance, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. 12:55 p.m. April 30 at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Encore performance at Cinemark 6:30 p.m. May 4. $25, $22, $20, $17. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

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

Theater Bus Trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, New Jersey, for a performance of the Neil Simon comedy “Rumors.” Sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Women’s Club on April 26. $85 includes transportation, show and luncheon. Reservations: 570-822-4976 or 570-379-3667.

Theater Bus Trip to the American Music Theater in Lancaster for a performance of the “Summer Doo Wop Cavalcade Show.” Sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Pittston on June 18 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.

Katherine Priestash and Kate Von Bergen star in the Actors Circle production of the Lillian Hellman drama ‘The Children’s Hour’ playing through Feb. 21 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_2.19-stage-childrens-hourKatherine-and-Kate-2.jpgKatherine Priestash and Kate Von Bergen star in the Actors Circle production of the Lillian Hellman drama ‘The Children’s Hour’ playing through Feb. 21 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.

Wilkes University will present ‘Dogfight: The Musical’ Feb. 19 to 28 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre. Pictured are Gianna Chase and Paul Doherty.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_2.19-stage-dogfight.jpgWilkes University will present ‘Dogfight: The Musical’ Feb. 19 to 28 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre. Pictured are Gianna Chase and Paul Doherty.

The musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ continues through Feb. 21 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville. Pictured are Jimmy Williams and Megan Horwatt.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_2.19-stage-guys-and-dolls.jpgThe musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ continues through Feb. 21 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville. Pictured are Jimmy Williams and Megan Horwatt.
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