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THIS WEEK: SEPT. 4 to 10, 2009

Same Time, Next Year, Bernard Slade’s touching comedy about a couple who re-create their affair once a year every year for decades and develop a sincere interest in each other’s families. The Grove Theatre, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Through Sept. 13 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $18. 208-7679.

Nunsense A-Men! The nuns are played by men in this take-off of “Nunsense” in which the Little Sisters of Hoboken stage a hilarious talent show. Pocono Playhouse, off Route 390, Mountainhome. Tonight at 8; Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $25. 595-7458.

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. All’s fair in love and murder in this 1980s farce about a wife and her dentist suitor attempting to kill her husband. Presented by Scranton Public Theatre at the Olde Brick Theatre, Rear 128 W. Market St., North Scranton. Tonight and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. $12.50, $10 seniors and students. 344-3656.

Downtown Dances! An evening of performances by the Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, Without Walls Dance Company and the Misericordia University Dancers plus a special piece by guest choreographer Jared Wootan. Downtown Arts, 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 7 p.m. $20. Followed by light refreshments. 332-7817.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Neil Simon’s smash hit comedy about three afternoons in the life of married, overworked and overweight New York restaurant owner Barney Cashman as he attempts to have liaisons with three very different women. Presented by the Sherman Players at the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $17. 420-2808.

The Dining Room, A.R. Gurney’s classic American play about the classic American room and the people who love it, hate it or use it for something other than dining. The Electric Theatre, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. With previews Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Continues Sept. 11 to 20 with performances Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $7 students. Discounts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 558-1515 or electrictheatre.org.

FUTURE

No Sex Please, We’re British, a comedy about a bank manger and his new wife who are mistakenly inundated with Scandinavian pornography. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Sept. 11-20 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Dinner served 90 minutes before curtain. $18, $35 with buffet. 283-2195.

Driving Miss Daisy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about stubborn Southern matron Daisy and her equally set-in-his-ways chauffeur Hoke (played by Sherman Hemsley – George Jefferson of the sitcom “The Jeffersons”). Gypsies Nightclub and Lounge, Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. $30. Reservations: 877-682-4791.

The Glass Menagerie, the classic Tennessee Williams drama about shy Amanda Wingfield, whose mother’s presses her brother to find her a “gentleman caller.” Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Sept. 17-19 at 7 p.m.; Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. Pre-show buffet available. $15, $28 with dinner. 454-5451 or ptpashows.org.

Rent, the Broadway musical (based on Puccini’s opera La bohème) about a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 18 to 27 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. 823-1875.

The Playboy of the Western World, the satiric Irish comedy by John Millington Synge set in a County Mayo pub full of fist fights, mix-ups, mystery, much booze and boisterous characters. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Sept. 19 to Oct. 18 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. No performances Oct. 1-4. Discounted prices Sept. 17-18. 800-282-0283 or bte.org.

Charlotte Blake Alston: Master Storyteller, traditional and contemporary stories from the African and African-American oral and cultural tradition by the Philadelphia-based narrator and singer. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Free. 208-5898.

The Heiress, the drama about a shy, plain woman of wealth who falls in love with a rich fortune hunter – who arouses the suspicions of her father. Presented by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Opens with a preview performance Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ($8). Continues Sept. 25 to Oct. 4 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity, practical jokes and chaotic love affairs. King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and Oct. 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. $7, $5 seniors and students. 208-5825.

Avenue Q, the smash Broadway musical about life in New York City as told by a cast of people and puppets through a hilariously irreverent Tony-winning book and score. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 3 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 4 at 1 and 6 p.m. 344-1111.

Godspell, the hit Broadway musical about the life of Christ based on the Gospel of Saint Matthew. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Oct. 2 to 11 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $20. 208-7679.

War of the Worlds and The Lost World, a back-to-back double bill of two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure performed by L.A. Theatre Works., America’s premiere radio theater company. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. 826-1100.

The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, a return of the renowned company performing the seasonal tradition. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. 826-1100.

Don’t Say Goodbye, I’m Not Leaving, a four-character comedy about a bickering couple set in a hospital room. Presented by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Nov. 6 to 22 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

The Wizard of Oz, one of the greatest family musicals of all time with Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow traveling the Yellow Brick Road to Oz.. Performed by a national touring company at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $53.50, $42.50, $25. 826-1100.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams celebrating the holiday season. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 28 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Nov. 29 at 1 and 6 p.m. 344-1111.

Dietrich Theater Radio Players, a performance of live radio plays with sound effects and old-time commercials. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. 996-1500.

Hairspray, the musical comedy phenomenon about Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and a big passion to dance. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Jan. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. 344-1111.

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, re-creating the greatest moments from Broadway including selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Cats,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Jekyll and Hyde.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. $39.50, $29.50, $20. 826-1100.

The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s comic opera involving romantic relationships and mistaken identity. Performed by the Mozart Festival Opera with full orchestra and an international cast of singers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 4 at 7:30 p.m. $57.50, $40, $25. 826-1100.

Sleeping Beauty, performed by the award-winning Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre, a 70-member troupe from Russia. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. March 10 at 7 p.m. $48, $38, $28. 344-1111.

Jesus Christ Superstar, the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice about the final seven days of Christ. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. March 14 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. 344-1111.

Theatre of Illusion, a high-tech stage show combining drama, comedy, suspense and illusions with dazzling special effects and set design. Performed by “Modern Day Houdinis” Kevin and Cindy Spencer. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 19 at 7:30 p.m. $27.50, $25, $15. 826-1100.

Riverdance, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance in their farewell tour. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. March 26 at 8 p.m.; March 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.; March 28 at 1 and 6 p.m. 344-1111.

Philadanco, a performance by the Philadelphia Dance Company celebrating 40 years of performances around the world. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. April 30 at 7:30 p.m. $35, $27.50, $15. 826-1100.

Mamma Mia! The smash hit musical based on the hits of Swedish pop-rock group ABBA telling the story of an independent single mother who gathers friends and lovers from her past for her daughter’s wedding. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. April 23 at 8 p.m.; April 24 at 2 and 8 p.m.; April 25 at 1 and 6 p.m. 344-1111.

Beauty and the Beast, the lush, romantic Broadway musical about the fairy tale romance between young Belle and the Beast who is really a young prince trapped by a spell. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. June 1 to 3 at 7 p.m.; June 4 at 8 p.m.; June 5 at 2 and 8 p.m.; June 6 at 1 and 6 p.m. 344-1111.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auditions for singers interested in joining the Choral Arts of Luzerne County, an adult community chorus. Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston. Tuesdays through Sept. 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Information at choralartsslc.org.

Auditions for the Music Box Playhouse’s October production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” Age 18 and over. 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Sept. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. 283-2195.

Theater Bus Trip, to a performance of the musical-comedy revue “A Playhouse Christmas.” Sponsored by the United Methodist Women’s Group. Leaves from the Pittston Plaza Nov. 28 at 8:45 a.m. $87 includes transportation, show and dinner. Reservations: 654-2310

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