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The Tamburitzans of Duquesne University will bring the music and dancing of Eastern Europe to The Mellow Theater in Scranton on Feb. 11. The performance begins at 3 p.m.

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It’s a Friday night in the middle of winter, and residents of a small, mythical town in far northern Maine are falling in and out of love at an alarming rate in playwright John Cariani’s ‘magical midwinter-night’s dream,’ playing at the Northeast Theatre in Scranton through Feb. 4. Visit the northeasttheatre.us for details.

THIS WEEK: JAN. 26 to Feb. 1, 2007

Kit’s Mystery, a murder-mystery dinner theater. Noxen United Methodist Church, Route 29, Noxen. Tonight and Saturday at 6 p.m. $7, $3.50 children. Reservations: 333-0526.

Almost, Maine, John Cariani’s off-Broadway success, inspired by his memories of growing up in Presque Isle -- where residents of this small northern town fall in and out of love at an alarming rate. Performed by the Northeast Theatre at the Hotel Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Through Feb. 4. Performances Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $5 students; discounts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 558-1515 or thenortheasttheatre.us.

Aida, the Tony Award-winning pop musical with music by Elton John and Tim Rice, about a Nubian princess captured from her country by Egyptians. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tonight at 8; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. $30.50 to $55.50. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Lovers and Other Strangers, a series of five short plays about the battle of the sexes told with humor, honesty and insight into the experience of engagements, marriages and divorces. Written by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Through Feb. 4 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Adult subject matter. 342-9707.

Hairspray, national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy about a 16-year-old determined to dance her way to stardom in 1962 Baltimore. Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas St., Hershey. Tonight at 8; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $35 to $65. 717-534-3405 or hersheytheatre.com.

The Mystery of the Steamtown Ghost, an original production by the Dietrich Theater’s Golden Days of Radio Players. Also: the classic Abbott & Costello comedy routine “Who’s on First?” and the thriller “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Steamtown National Historic Site, off Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. Saturday at noon. Free. 888-693-9391 or 996-1500.

Cinderella, the full-length ballet performed by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. $35, $30, $20. 800-432-9382.

Art, Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning comedic delving into the question “What is art?” The plot concerns the arguments of a trio of friends when one of them buys an expensive completely white canvas. Performed by the University of Scranton Players at the Royal Theatre, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, Scranton. Accompanied by an art exhibit “Exalted Ephemera/Elemental Form.” Opens Thursday at 8 p.m. and continues Feb. 2-3 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. $8, $5 students, children and seniors. 941-4318.

Rounding Third, a two-man comedy about a pair of Little League coaches with differing philosophies. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Opens Thursday with a preview performance at 7 p.m. ($8). Another preview performance follows Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. with regular run from Feb. 3 to 25 with performances Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $22, $14 seniors, $9 students and children. 800-282-0283 or bte.org.

FUTURE

The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? Robert Dubac’s one-man play exploring the male psyche and the eternal male question – What do women really want? Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. $22. Cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. 344-1111.

The Vagina Monologues, the annual production of Eve Ensler’s play spotlighting the destructiveness of domestic violence through a series of monologues by women. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. 823-1875 or ltwb.org.

Actors Workshop, a series of one-act plays presented in a “black box” setting by the Wyoming Seminary Players. Some scenes contain material that may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Feb. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Limited seating. Free. 270-2190.

The Spitfire Grill, a heartwarming musical with a folksy score about a young woman starting a new life in a small town after being released from prison. Performed by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Feb. 9 to 18 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $14, $10 students, $7 children. With dinner: $25, $20 students, $15 children. Reservations: 454-5451.

Birdhouse Factory, an integration of circus skills, choreography, light and music as a team of acrobats performs with early 20th-century machines attempting to “build a better birdhouse.” Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. $40, $30, $20. 800-432-9382.

A Woman of Independent Means. Actress Mary Wadkins portrays a woman of extravagant energy from adolescence to old age through a series of letters written to friends, family and lovers during her long life. Performed by the Northeast Theatre at the Hotel Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Opens with a Valentine’s Day performance at 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 25 with performances Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $5 students; $5 on Thursdays. 558-1515 or thenortheasttheatre.us.

Cats, the 25th-anniversary tour of the longest-running show in Broadway’s history. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University, 200 E. Second St., Bloomsburg. Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. $25, $12 children. 389-4409.

The Everyday Adventures of Harriet Handelman (Super Genius), an action-adventure story of a young girl who saves the world. Performed by middle-school students at the Wyoming Seminary Lower School. Feb. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Amato Auditorium, Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. $2. 270-2190.

The Best of Broadway: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, a musical journey through this legend’s greatest hits from “Evita,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats” and more. Sung by a quartet of Broadway veterans. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. $39.50, $29.50, $20. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

Bat Boy: The Musical, the story of a half-boy, half-bat found in a cave in a small town and the veterinarian’s wife who sets out to tame him. Presented by the Wilkes University Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 16 to 25. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. 408-4426.

Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy, a European-style circus production with imaginative theatrics and world-class acrobatics, set in a magical forest of vine-swinging aerialists, lush special effects and inventive choreography. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Feb. 16, 8 p.m.; Feb. 17 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Feb. 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. $27.50 to $59.50. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Always . . . Patsy Cline, musical about the legendary country singer whose career was cut short by a tragic plane crash. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Feb. 16 to March 4 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. 283-2195.

Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance,’ the original Celtic music and dance extravaganza. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. 344-1111.

A Stitch in Time: 7 Quilts for 7 Sisters, a performance by seven black sisters who use folklore, skits, quilts and songs to share the joys of sisterhood and the sorrows of slavery along with its influence in the art of quilting. Fourth Floor Theater, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. $15. 344-1111.

Antigone, Jean Anouilh’s 20th-century version of the classic tale of duty and family loyalties, presented by the Portal Project, a collaboration between Marywood University and the Northeast Theatre. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Feb. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. 348-6211.

The Light in the Piazza, national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical set in the Tuscan countryside about a young girl’s unexpected encounter with a handsome Florentine. Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas St., Hershey. Feb. 27 to March 1 at 7:30 p.m.; March 2 at 8 p.m.; March 3 at 2 and 8 p.m.; March 4 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $30 to $75. 717-534-3405 or hersheytheatre.com.

The Tamburitzans, the Duqesne University-based dance troupe, showcasing the folk music, instruments, costumes and dances of Eastern European countries. Mellow Theater, 501 Vine St., Lackawanna College, Scranton. Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. $33, $16.50. 822-5452.

Storm Clouds over Party Shoes, a performance by Mary Louise Hepner, who teaches the do’s and don’ts of proper etiquette. Fourth Floor Theater, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. March 2 at 7 p.m. 344-1111.

Just Beyond the Junkyard, a performance by the innovative group Tales and Scales, who use minimal sets and costumes to spin music, stories, theater and dance into a “music telling” experience for children and families. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. March 4 with a workshop at 3 p.m. and show at 4 p.m. $10 show, $5 workshop. 420-2808 or shermantheater.com.

Beethoven’s Seventh, along with “Aurora’s Wedding,” a pas de deux from the final act of “The Sleeping Beauty.” Performed by Ballet Northeast at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, South River Street at West South Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. March 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.; March 11 at 2 p.m. 287-5802.

Hairspray, the musical comedy set in 1962 Baltimore about a 16-year-old dancer with big dreams. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. March 8 at 7:30 p.m.; March 9, 8 p.m.; March 10 at 2 and 8 p.m.; March 11 at 2 and 7 p.m. $32.50 to $59.50. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Smucker’s Stars on Ice, an all-new production, “Double Exposure: The Many Lives of Figure Skaters,” headlined by Olympic skaters, including Todd Eldredge, Alexei Yagudin, Steven Cousins, Jennifer Robinson, Michael Weiss, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. Wachovia Arena, 255 Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre Township. March 11 at 4 p.m. $25 to $110. 970-7600 or 693-4100.

The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s comic opera about a love triangle involving an 18th-century nobleman who uses disguises and accomplices as he tries to woo a young woman. Performed by Teatro Lirico d’Europa. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 11 at 7 p.m. $60, $42.50, $32.50. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

An American Wife by regional playwrights Michael Downend and Karen Blomain. Set in the Scranton area just after World War II, a soldier comes home to his Irish family with a Polish bride. March 21 to April 7. Performed by the Northeast Theatre at the Hotel Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Performances Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $5 students. 558-1515 or thenortheasttheatre.us.

Chicago Tap Theatre, a performance celebrating the rich tradition of American tap dance. Included: “Black Coffee,” a humorous look at women in the workplace in the 1950s; and “Glory Box,” a sultry example of the new aesthetic of tap. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. March 22 at 7 p.m.; March 23, 8 p.m.; March 24 at 2 and 8 p.m.; March 25 at 3 p.m. $22, $14 seniors, $9 students and children. 800-282-0283 or bte.org.

Night Must Fall, Emlyn Williams’ 1930s melodrama about a crotchety old woman who hires a charming young man as a live-in companion. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. March 23 to April 1 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

Cinderella, the full-length ballet with music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet. Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas St., Hershey. March 23 at 8 p.m. $20 to $60. 717-534-3405 or hersheytheatre.com.

Yee Haw! A Tribute to Hee Haw, a country-and-western musical, comedy and variety show, performed by the After School Players. Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. March 24 at 11 a.m. $3. 996-1500.

Life: A Guide for the Perplexed, a performance by the Flying Karamazov Brothers who sing, dance and juggle through the stages of life. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University, 200 E. Second St., Bloomsburg. March 24 at 7 p.m. $25, $12 children. 389-4409.

The Wonder Bread Years, a solo performance by Pat Hazell who explores comedic bits of nostalgia from his childhood growing up during the baby boom in Omaha, Neb. Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. March 24 at 7:30 p.m. $35, $25, $15. 800-432-9382.

The Mystery of the Steamtown Ghost, an original production by the Dietrich Theater’s Golden Days of Radio Players. Also: the classic Abbott & Costello comedy routine “Who’s on First?” and the thriller “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Steamtown National Historic Site, off Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. March 25 at noon. Free. 888-693-9391 or 996-1500.

Man of La Mancha, the poignant epic story of knight-errant Don Quixote who sets out on a journey to right all wrongs and dream the impossible dream. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 25 at 7 p.m. $52.50, $39.50, $25. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theater Trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Clinton, N.J. for a production of the musical “I Do, I Do.” Sponsored by the Women of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre. Leaves 8:30 a.m. on May 7 from the Sears parking lot at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township. $70. Reservations: 674-2331 or 655-8345.

Theater Trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Clinton, N.J. for a production of “Branson 2007: The Texas Edition,” a musical paying tribute to Texas musicians including Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Clint Black, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter and many more. Sponsored by St. Paul’s Happy Group. May 25. $70. Reservations: 868-1072.

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