Theater Listings: May 18 to 24, 2016

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Canine theatrical troupe The Olate Dogs will perform May 21 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.
David Hunisch, Norine Maier and Deborah Buck will appear in the melodrama ‘Dr. Cook’s Garden,’ staged by Actors Circle May 26 to June 5 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.
Cathy Rist Strauch
The Lakeside Players will present ‘Last Chance for Romance.com’ May 20 to 22 at the Lakeville Community Hall. Pictured are seated, from left: Regina Yeager Drouse and Tony Schwartz; standing: Bart Mahon, Marylou Ambrose and Jenilyn Mahon.
Cathy Rist Strauch
Cassandra Pisieczko, Eric Wunsch and Richard Cannaday star in ‘Row after Row,’ the latest production by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg through May 22.
Bob Rush Photography

THIS WEEK: May 18 to 26, 2016

Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Neil Simon’s comedy about a married man concerned that the sexual revolution of the 1960s is passing him by. Performed by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. May 20 to 29 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-454-5451.

Row After Row, about three Civil War reenactors gathering in a tavern to battle out their issues, while the people they play in 1863 experience the agony that was Gettysburg. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 7:30 p.m. May 19 to 21; 3 p.m. May 22. 570-784-8181.

Last Chance for Romance.com, a romantic comedy written by and starring Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose about an Italian widowed restaurant owner debating whether to use an online dating service for seniors to get back into the action. Presented by the Lakeside Players at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590. 7:30 p.m. May 20 and 21; 3 p.m. May 22. $12. Reservations: 570-226-6207.

To Kill a Mockingbird, the American masterpiece by Harper Lee about the power of childhood innocence, morality and love. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. 8 p.m. May 20 and 21; 3 p.m. May 22. $20. 570-868-8212.

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.

Olate Dogs, a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and humor. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. May 21. 570-325-0249.

As You Like It, Shakespeare’s comedy of love and liberation, filmed live at the National Theatre in London. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. May 22. $14, $12 seniors, $10 students and children. 570-996-1500.

The Shakespeare Show, a celebration of the Bard’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, theater and comedy, filmed live from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. With Dame Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Joseph Fiennes and many more. Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 7 p.m. May 23. $15. 570-961-5943.

Mr. Lincoln, a one-man performance by Tom Byrn as Abraham Lincoln, whose life flashes before him after he is shot by John Wilkes Booth. Presented by the East Lynne Theater Company at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 221 Center St., Bloomsburg. 7:30 p.m. May 26 to 28; 3 p.m. May 29. 570-784-8181.

Doctor Cook’s Garden, a suspense melodrama about a seemingly kindly New England doctor who is keeping a mysterious secret. Presented by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. May 26 to June 5 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 570-342-9707.

FUTURE

An Evening of One-Act Plays, performances of “Please Have a Seat and Someone Will Be with You Shortly” and “Mischief Night” (written by Wyoming Area junior Eve Urban), performed by the Wyoming Area Drama Club. Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. 7 p.m. May 28. Admission is a donation to the local food bank.

A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece filmed live from the National Theatre in London with Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois and Ben Foster as Stanley. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. June 5 and 19. $14, $12 seniors, $10 students. 570-996-1500.

Golden Days of Radio, a performance of old-time radio shows with authentic sound effects. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. June 7. Free. 570-996-1500.

School of Rock, the Broadway musical which follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star working as a substitute teacher, who creates his own curriculum turning his class into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing rock band. Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. June 10 to 19 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 students. Reservations: 570-457-3589.

The Little Mermaid, Disney’s fishy musical fable based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about the mermaid Ariel who falls in love with a human and longs to leave the sea to pursue him. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. 8 p.m. June 10-11; July 1 and 8; 2 and 8 p.m. June 18, 25; July 2 and 9; 3 p.m. June 12, 19 and 26; July 3 and 10. $20. 570-868-8212.

Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, a heartfelt and funny look at the trials and tribulations of adults entering mid-life. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. June 10 to 26 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. $18 show only; $35 with dinner. Reservations: 570-283-2195.

Assassins, the Stephen Sondheim musical that explores the dark side of history’s Presidential assassins from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. Performed by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. June 17 to 26 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-454-5451.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of fairies, young lovers and a crew of bumbling players trying to perform a play for the Duke’s wedding. Performed by the Gamut Theatre Group outdoors at Riverside Park, Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. June 25. Free. Bring a blanket or chair. 570-996-1500.

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 10 and 24. $14, $12 seniors, $10 students. 570-996-1500.

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.

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.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theater Bus Trip to the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster for a performance of “Samson.” June 8 with a departure time at 7:45 a.m. from the Pittston Plaza. $103 includes transportation, show, meal, tip and a smorgasbord lunch at Shady Maple Farm Market. Reservations: 570-654-9710.

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 the “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.

Canine theatrical troupe The Olate Dogs will perform May 21 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_5.20-Olate-Dogs-1-1.jpgCanine theatrical troupe The Olate Dogs will perform May 21 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

David Hunisch, Norine Maier and Deborah Buck will appear in the melodrama ‘Dr. Cook’s Garden,’ staged by Actors Circle May 26 to June 5 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_5.20-stage-Dr.-Cook-Rory-Janet-David-1.jpgDavid Hunisch, Norine Maier and Deborah Buck will appear in the melodrama ‘Dr. Cook’s Garden,’ staged by Actors Circle May 26 to June 5 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton. Cathy Rist Strauch

The Lakeside Players will present ‘Last Chance for Romance.com’ May 20 to 22 at the Lakeville Community Hall. Pictured are seated, from left: Regina Yeager Drouse and Tony Schwartz; standing: Bart Mahon, Marylou Ambrose and Jenilyn Mahon.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_5.20-stage-Lakeside-Players-Last-chance-1.jpgThe Lakeside Players will present ‘Last Chance for Romance.com’ May 20 to 22 at the Lakeville Community Hall. Pictured are seated, from left: Regina Yeager Drouse and Tony Schwartz; standing: Bart Mahon, Marylou Ambrose and Jenilyn Mahon. Cathy Rist Strauch

Cassandra Pisieczko, Eric Wunsch and Richard Cannaday star in ‘Row after Row,’ the latest production by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg through May 22.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_5.20-stage-Row-After-Row-1.jpgCassandra Pisieczko, Eric Wunsch and Richard Cannaday star in ‘Row after Row,’ the latest production by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg through May 22. Bob Rush Photography
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