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THIS WEEK: FEB. 4 to 10, 2011

All Shook Up, a musical of Elvis Presley songs set to a contemporary story based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Performed by the Pennsylvania Theater of the Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Through Feb. 6: Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $15. Pre-show dinner available. 454-5451.

The Vagina Monologues, a series of female-related monologues by 12 student and faculty members at the Commonwealth Medical College. Mellow Theater, 501 Vine St., Lackawanna College, Scranton. Tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. $10. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center. 504-7000.

The Puppeteers: A Wonderful Weirdness in Oz, a madcap comedy about a weird and magical world discovered under an old house in the Hill Section of Scranton. Presented by the commedia del arte group Zuppa del Giorno at the Electric Theatre, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. $24, $16 seniors, $8 students. 558-1515.

The Unexpected Guest, an Agatha Christie murder mystery performed by Actors Circle. Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

Trouble at the Tropicabana, an interactive murder-mystery dinner theater presented by the school drama club. Blue Ridge High School, 5058 School Road, New Milford. Saturday with dinner at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. $10. Reservations: 879-4395 or 879-9582.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee’s play about an evening in the explosive, argumentative life of middle-aged couple George and Martha. Performed by the Kaleidoscope Players at the Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ classic drama performed by the Walnut Street Theatre of Philadelphia. Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday (Feb. 11) at 8 p.m. $25. 389-4409.

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Spanikopita, Larry Rosler’s romantic comedy about the mishaps encountered by two couples in a seaside villa on a Greek island. Performed by the Worthington Players at the Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Feb. 12 and 19 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

Grease, the 1950s rock-’n’-roll musical with poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds setting the background for a bad-boy and girl-next-door romance. With Eddie Mekka of the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” as DJ Vince Fontaine. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. $55.50, $45.50, $27. 826-1100.

Shakespeare in Hollywood. Two of Shakespeare’s most famous fairies of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Oberon and Puck, magically appear on a Hollywood movie set. Performed by the King’s Players at the King’s Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 17 to 19 at 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 seniors and students. 208-5825.

Songs for a New World, the Broadway song-cycle musical. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 18 to 27: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $15, $5 seniors and students. 408-4540.

Nunsense, music and comedy with the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Feb. 18 to March 6: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Dinner served 90 minutes before show time. 283-2195.

Love Letters, A.R. Gurney’s drama about two 50-year correspondents, starring Lou Bisignani and Janet Loewe. An Actors Circle production at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 19 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

Amy Wilson’s Mother Load, the off-Broadway, one-woman show about the entertaining ups and downs of motherhood. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Feb. 19 with cocktails at 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. $22. 346-7369.

The Tamburitzans, the 34-member Eastern European song-and-dance troupe. In conjunction with the 18th annual MidwinterFestival. Hazleton High School, 1601 W. 23rd St., Hazleton. Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. $30, $12. 877-822-5452.

King’s Dream, a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. using live performances and multimedia presentations to tell his story. Performed by Key Arts Productions at Lemmond Theater, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Free. 674-8155.

Doo Wop at Dietrich High, an original musical by the Dietrich After School Players set in the 1950s in a “GLEE-ful” way. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. $5. 996-1500.

Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’ operatic comedy of errors presented by the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Theater. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

Turandot, Puccini’s final operatic masterpiece based on the Greek myth of “the riddle of the sphinx” and set in the Forbidden City of Peking. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 2 at 7:30 p.m. $57.50, $35, $20. 826-1100.

All Shook Up, a musical of Elvis songs with a story based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Performed by the Drama Club at Coughlin High School, 80 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. March 3-5 at 7 p.m.; March 6 at 2 p.m. $10. 406-3976.

Emma, based on the classic Jane Austen novel about a spirited heroine who insists on managing everyone’s love lives. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. March 3 to 20: Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $24, $19 seniors, $11 students. 784-8181 or bte.org.

Brannigan’s Blarney, two acts of Irish music and Celtic comedy done in Irish Music Hall style and set on the Auld Sod and in a Boston pub. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. March 4 to 20, Fridays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 p.m. $18, $10 children. 421-5093.

The Color Purple, the Oprah Winfrey-produced musical about the triumphs and struggles of African-American women in Jim Crow-era Georgia. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. March 4 at 8 p.m.; March 5 at 2 and 8 p.m.; March 6 at 1 and 6 p.m. $59, $49, $37. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

The Peking Acrobats, spellbinding feats from the People’s Republic of China by gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 5 at 4 p.m. $25, $12.50 children. 826-1100.

Frankenstein, an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s 1818 story of romance and science fiction. Performed in conjunction with the “Wyoming County Reads” program. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. March 9, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m.; March 13 at 3 p.m. $10. 996-1500.

Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley’s showpiece extravaganza based on mythical Irish folklore and blending traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. March 9 at 7:30 p.m. $55, $45, $35. 800-745-3000.

Sweet Charity, the Broadway musical about a taxi dancer ever hopeful that her life will change for the better. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. March 19 to 27: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. 823-1875.

Avenue Q, the Tony Award winner about trying to make it in New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 22 at 7:30 p.m. $53.50, $43.50, $25. 826-1100.

Dial M for Murder, the classic mystery about a washed-up tennis player hoping to murder his wealthy adulterous wife. Actors Circle, Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. March 25 to April 3: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

The Skyscraper, comedy-drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Auburn about the fates of six strangers on the rooftop of a historic building targeted for demolition. Performed by the Worthington Players at the Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. March 25 to April 3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

Rioult Dance Company, the 10-member American modern-dance ensemble known for its sensuality. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. March 26 at 8 p.m. $30. 389-4409.

Ensemble Evening, student dance performances at the Lemmond Theater, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 674-6719.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy about confused lovers, fairies and sprites and a troupe of actors rehearsing a play for the king. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes-Barre. April 7 to 9 at 8 p.m.; April 10 at 2 p.m. $15, $7 seniors and students. 408-4540.

Monty Python’s Spamalot, Eric Idle’s adaptation of the cult comedy classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. April 8 at 8 p.m.; April 9 at 2 and 8 p.m.; April 10 at 1 and 6 p.m. $59, $49, $37. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical depicting an honest portrait of adolescence. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. April 8 at 8 p.m. 389-4409.

Love, Sex and the IRS, a wild comedy by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore about what happens when you try to cheat the IRS. Presented by Prestige Productions at the Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. April 8 to 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a fresh high-tech twist on the Shakespearean comedy of magical and mystical confusion. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. April 14 at 7:30 p.m. $27.50, $20, $14. School performances April 14 at 10 a.m. 826-1100.

Love Letters, A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-winning romance about lovers who share a lifetime of letters. Performed by Center Stage Players at the Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. April 22 to May 1, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

Ghost-Writer, Michael Hollinger’s play about a deceased novelist’s assistant trying to complete his “masterpiece” through inspiration from the beyond. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. April 28 to May 15, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $24, $19 seniors, $11 students. 784-8181 or bte.org.

A Man’s a Man, the war-themed drama by Bertolt Brecht performed by the University of Scranton Players. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, Monroe Avenue between Linden and Mulberry streets, University of Scranton. April 29 to May 8: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. 941-4318.

The Seafarer. A friendly game of cards takes a devilish turn in Conor McPherson’s chilling play about the sea, Ireland and the power of myth. Performed by the Center Stage Players at the Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. May 6 to 15, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

Heaven Can Wait, a comedy about a young New Jersey palooka “collected” by heaven 60 years before his allotted time, then allowed to return to Earth in the body of a recently murdered crooked banker. Actors Circle, Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. May 13 to 22: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s tale about a magical night of moonlit merriment in the Forest of Arden. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. May 14 to 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m. 823-1875.

River’s Edge: The Story of Shawnee, memorable music of the past 100 years to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic Shawnee Inn. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. With 8 p.m. shows on May 20-21, 27-28; June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26; Sept. 2, and 2 p.m. matinees on May 22, 29; June 16, 19, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23; Aug. 6, 13, 20. $18. 421-5093.

Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters, a musical about the female singing group from its early days on the road through its meteoric rise as recording stars. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. With 8 p.m. shows on June 4, 11, 15, 22, 25; July 23, Aug. 24, Sept. 3, and 2 p.m. matinees on June 1-3, 5, 8-10, 12, 15, 22, 30; July 3, 7-8, 13, 17, 21, 18; Aug. 5, 10, 18, 21, 28; Sept. 2. $28, $15 children. 421-5093.

Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, a musical comedy about the singing Little Sisters of Hoboken. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. With 8 p.m. shows on June 18, 29; July 9, 13, 30; Aug. 13, 17, 20, and 2 p.m. matinees on June 17, 23-24, 26, 29; July 15, 20, 24, 27, 29; Aug. 4, 7, 11, 17, 26, 31; Sept. 1, 4. $28, $15 children. 421-5093.

Annie, the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash about the spunky orphan who escapes her hard-knock life, foils some fortune hunters and finds a family of her own. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. With 8 p.m. shows on July 2, 6, 16, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 6, 10, 27 and 2 p.m. matinees on July 1, 6, 10, 14, 22, 31; Aug. 3, 12, 14, 19, 24-25. $28, $15 children. 421-5093.

Post Mortem, a clever thriller about an actor having a cast party at his Gothic mansion only to discover that someone is trying to murder him. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. With 8 p.m. shows on Sept. 23-24, 30; Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 2 p.m. matinees Sept. 25, 28-29; Oct. 2, 5-6, 9, 12-13, 16, 19, 20, 23. $18. 421-5093.

Hallowed Wedding, a Brydie Jacques Production about an average couple ending up at a castle with Dracula, Frankenstein and his bride. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Oct. 28-29, 31 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s comedy about two pairs of contrasting lovers: one full of adoring love and the other proclaiming their scorn for each other. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Nov. 4 to 13, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093.

Home for Christmas, a holiday revue of traditional Christmas favorites. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. With 8 p.m. shows on Nov. 25-26; Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 18-19, 20, 25-27; Dec. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16-18, 21-22. $28, $15 children. 421-5093.

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