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THIS WEEK: APRIL 26 to MAY 2, 2013

Cafe Murder, a comedic murder mystery and dinner theater with audience participation. Presented by the Nuremberg Community Players at Black Creek United Methodist Church, 158 Golf Course Road, Sugarloaf. Tonight and Saturday with doors at 6 and show at 6:30. $20 for dinner and show. Reservations: 384-4407.


Annie, the Broadway musical about the little orphan escaping the evil Miss Hannigan and being adopted by billionaire Mr. Warbucks. Performed by the Phoenix Kids at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St., Duryea. 7 tonight; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10. 457-3589.


Auntie Mame, the musical comedy about the irrepressible eccentric Mame Dennis who inherits a 10-year-old orphan boy after her brother’s death. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $10. 996-1500.


The Tempest, Shakespeare’s fantasy about a magician and his daughter dealing with shipwrecked nobles and their plots to assume power. Performed by the Wyoming Seminary Players at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 8 tonight and Saturday. $4 advance; $5 at the door. 270-2192.


Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show, a tribute to the legendary Man in Black. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. 8 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20. Reservations: 868-8212.


Museum, Tina Howe’s play about three artists holding a group exhibition and the comments of a parade of people who walk past the art. Performed by the University of Scranton Players at the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $10; $7 students and seniors. 941-4318.


Les Miserables, the Broadway musical performed with an all-adult cast by Kiss Theatre Company, 58 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $22. 829-1901.


A Spotlight on the Jason Miller Playwrights Project, with presentations of two plays: Jason Miller’s “Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer” and K.K. Gordon’s “Taking Liberties with Peter Rosig.” Olde Brick Theatre, Rear 128 W. Market St., North Scranton. 8:15 p.m. tonight and Saturday. $12.50. Reservations: 344-3656.


Giulio Cesare, David McVicor’s lively production of the Handel opera starring countertenor David Daniels opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. A live presentation from the Metropolitan Opera. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. Saturday. 825-4444 or 961-5943 or fathomevents.com.

La Fille Mal Gardee, the comic ballet about a “wayward daughter” who tries to foil her mother’s scheme to have her marry the simple-minded son of a wealthy vineyard owner. Performed by the Joan Harris Dancers at E.L. Meyers High School, 341 Carey Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $14 advance, $16 at the door. 287-7977.

Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns, a free preview of the 2013 Theatre in the Classroom production by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. 2 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Emporium, 10 E. Main St., Bloomsburg (during the Renaissance Jamboree). 784-8181.


Superior Donuts, Tracy Letts’ comedy about a down-on-his-luck Vietnam draft dodger who owns the doughnut-shop hangout where a group of colorful characters search for their version of the American dream. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Opens Thursday and continues through May 19: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $25, $20 seniors, $11 students, discounts on May 2 and 3. Contains adult language. 784-8181.


FUTURE

The Phantom of the Opera, a ballet based on Gaston Leroux’s story of unrequited love, performed by the Ballet Theatre of Scranton. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. May 3; 2 p.m. May 4. $30, $25, $20. 344-1111 or 347-2867.


A Chorus Line, the musical about 17 dancers auditioning for openings for a Broadway show. Performed by Phoenix Theatrics at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. May 4 to 11: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Also: 8 p.m. May 24-25 to celebrate the theater’s fifth anniversary with giveaways and cake at intermission. $12. Reservations: 991-1817.


Love Stories, scenes from several master works of opera including Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” and “La Traviata,” Puccini’s “Tosca” and “La Boheme” and many more. Performed by Mostly Opera at the Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. 4 p.m. May 5. $25. 346-3693.


Arms and the Man, George Bernard Shaw’s witty romantic comedy about a young woman trying to choose between her arrogant fiance soldier and a pragmatic disheveled soldier who sneaks into her bedroom avoiding the fight. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. May 9 to 19: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students. 342-9707.


Cafe Murder, a comedic murder mystery and dinner theater with audience participation. Presented by the Nuremberg Community Players at Christ Lutheran Church, 467 Main St., Conyngham. May 10 and 11 with doors at 6 and show at 6:30. $20 for dinner and show. Reservations: 384-4407.


DreamGirls, the Broadway musical about the triumphs and tribulations of an up-and-coming 1960s girl group. Performed by a national touring company and presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. May 10; 2 and 8 p.m. May 11; 1 and 6 p.m. May 12. 342-7784.

The Temptation of the Muses, a dance and chamber-music performance by Asian-American choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and the Ahn Trio. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. May 11. $34.50, $19.50 children. 389-4409.

50 Shades! The Musical, a parody on the steamy bestseller. Presented by Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7:30 p.m. May 14. 800-745-3000.


Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s musical symphony for children performed by the Dietrich Children’s Theatre. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. May 18. Free. 996-1500.


Romeo and Juliet, an 80-minute original-text adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy performed by the Gamut Theatre Group of Harrisburg. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. May 19. Free. 996-1500.


The Merry Wives of Windsor, a Shakespeare in the Park event about the lusty Lothario Falstaff, who decides to woo two beautiful but married women — at the same time. Presented by Ghostlight Productions in South Abington Park, Clarks Summit. May 24 to June 2: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Free but donations accepted. 575-5185.


Majesty of the British Empire, a song-and-dance revue paying tribute to the United Kingdom with characters from King Tut to the Phantom of the Opera. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackwanna Ave., Scranton. May 30 with trivia at 11:30 a.m. and luncheon at 12:15 p.m., followed by the show. $31. Reservations: 226-6207.


Cinderella, performed by Ballet Northeast. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. May 31 and June 1; 2 p.m. June 2. $20, $15 students and seniors. 821-8525 or balletnortheast.org.

Dietrich Radio Players, favorite radio plays with authentic sound effects. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. June 4. Free. 996-1500.


The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, an outdoor presentation telling the love story of a lost soldier and a young blind woman on opposite sides during the last days of the Civil War. Lazybrook Park, Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. June 21 and 22. Free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 996-1500.


National Pastime, a screwball comedy about a radio station that invents a fictional winning baseball team to improve ratings. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 25 to Nov. 10. 823-1875.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Play Submissions, short plays (5 to 15 minutes) using Nay Aug Park as inspiration will be accepted through May 15 for the September Dyonisia ’13, the third annual Jason Miller Playwrights Project Invitational. Information at 591-1378.

Auditions for the Music Box Dinner Playhouse’s July-August production of the musical “Les Miserables.” 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. May 20 and 22. Bring sheet music for a song of your choice. 283-2195.


Theater Bus Trip to the Hunterdon Playhouse in Hampton, N.J., for a performance of “Wake Up, Darling” on May 23. Sponsored by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary. $85 includes transportation, lunch and show. Reservations: 824-6418 or 822-4976.


Theater Bus Trip to New York City for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and a family-style dinner at Carmine’s on Broadway. Leaves from the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock 8 a.m. on June 5 and returns at 11 p.m. $235 includes show, bus and dinner along with a contribution to the Dietrich Theater. Reservations: 996-1500.


The Music Box Dinner Playhouse is seeking directors, choreographers and musical directors for 2013 shows including “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (June 13 to 23), “Les Miserables” (July 19 to Aug. 4), “Nine to Five: The Musical” (Sept. 13 to 29) and “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 5 to 22). Send resume to 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville, PA 18704. 283-2195.


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