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BEST BET: The world-famous Peking Acrobats plan to make your jaw drop with amazement as they push the envelope of human possibility. The gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts – along with live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments – continue the 2,000-year-old tradition of acrobatic perfection. The troupe recently set the world record for the Human Chair Stack on Fox’s Guinness Book Primetime where they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs, 21 feet in the air. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 4 p.m. $37, $14.50 children. 826-1100.

THIS WEEK: MARCH 4 to 10, 2011

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. Through March 20: Fridays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 p.m. $18, $10 children. 421-5093.

All Shook Up, a musical of Elvis Presley 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. Tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. $10. 406-3976.

Kiss Me Kate, the Tony Award-winning, Cole Porter musical offering a play within a play – a production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Presented by Wyoming Valley West High School, 150 Wadham St., Plymouth. Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $8, $5 students. 779-5361.

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. Through March 20: Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $24, $19 seniors, $11 students. 784-8181 or bte.org.

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. Tonight at 8; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m. $59, $49, $37. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

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

Speech & Debate, Stephen Karam’s dark comedy about three high-school misfits getting involved with a teacher scandal. Performed by the University of Scranton Players at the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, Scranton. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. 941-4318.

Nunsense, the hilarious off-Broadway musical about the misadventures of the Little Sisters of Hoboken staging a musical to raise money to bury their dearly departed. Performed by the Corner Bistro Dinner Theater at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Airy. Wednesdays through March 16 at 2:30 p.m. $20. 866-468-7619.

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. Wednesday at 7 p.m. Continues March 11 and 12 at 7 p.m.; March 13 at 3 p.m. $10. 996-1500.

Rounding Third, the heartwarming play about a win-at-all-costs Little League coach who teams up with a new-to-town father whose son has never played baseball before joining the team. Electric Theatre, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Opens Wednesday and continues through March 27: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $24, $16 seniors, $8 students. Discounts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 558-1515.

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. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. $55, $45, $35. 800-745-3000.

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Giselle, the classic ballet story of innocence, love, betrayal and redemption performed by Ballet Northeast with Julie Degnan as Giselle and guest professional artist Nikolai Morschakov as Albrecht. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. March 11-12 at 7:30 p.m.; March 13 at 2 p.m. $20, $15 children, students and seniors. Reservations: 287-5802.

The Phantom of the Opera, the long-running Broadway musical about the secret denizen of the Paris Opera House. Presented by Valley View High School, 1 Columbus Drive, Archbald. March 11 at 8 p.m.; March 12 at 2 and 8 p.m.; March 13 at 2 p.m. $10, $8 students. 876-4110.

The Life and Music of Billie Holiday, a musical drama with jazz singer and actress Jacque Tara Washington with the Presbybop Quartet led by the Rev. Bill Carter. First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit. March 13 at 4 p.m. Free-will offering. 586-6306.

The Vagina Monologues, presented in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month by members of the student chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. March 16 at 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. 740-0429.

Showcasing Creativity, a variety show of community talent, co-hosted by Verve Vertu and Arts YOUniverse, 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. March 18 at 6 p.m. 208-5305.

Bella’s Big Fat Mystery Wedding, an interactive comedy mystery about a TV reality series about to stage a nationally telecast wedding – when the groom disappears. Corner Bistro Dinner Theater, 76-78 Main St., Carbondale. March 18 to 26: Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. $23 includes the Bistro buffet. Reservations: 282-7499.

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. Also: the unveiling of the new lobby renovations by Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 2011 on opening night. 823-1875.

Avenue Q, the Tony Award winner about a bright-eyed college grad 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. Preview performance March 24 at 8 p.m. ($8). Continues March 25 to April 3: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

Vincent, a theatrical portrait of the life of Vincent Van Gogh as told by his brother Theo (played by John Schugard). Canteen 900, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. March 25-26 at 8 p.m. $45 with dinner (served 90 minutes before show time); $12 show only. Reservations: 338-2547.

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.

Little Shop of Horrors, an affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies about an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Performed by the Corner Bistro Dinner Theater at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Airy. April 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m. $20. 866-468-7619.

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.

American Homicidal, an interactive murder mystery that takes place on the set of “American Idol” when one of the judges is murdered. Performed by the Corner Bistro Dinner Theater at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Airy. May 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. $20. 866-468-7619.

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.

This Is New York, a comedy about a couple and their daughter, headed to Florida but stranded in New York City during a layover that provokes a series of hilarious adventures. Performed by the Corner Bistro Dinner Theater at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Airy. June 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. $20. 866-468-7619.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theater Bus Trip to the Dutch Apple Theater in Lancaster for a performance of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Sponsored by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary on May 18. Reservations: 825-5747.

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