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James Langan, Mary Ethel Schmidt and David Carson star in the female version of ‘The Odd Couple,’ playing through Sunday at the Northeast Theatre’s Performance Space at the Hotel Jermyn in Scranton.

Universal themes, high energy and catchy songs instill this retelling of the biblical story of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ performed by the Conservatory at Wilkes University. Performances are at 8 tonight and tomorrow night at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre. Leah Conklin, Madison Bradley, Shana Weinstock, Kevin Hourigan and Stephanie Makowski are among the cast.

THIS WEEK: MAY 23 to 29, 2008

Hello Dolly! The Broadway favorite about matchmaker Dolly Levi planning to set herself up with the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 West Broad St., Hazleton. Tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Dinner available 90 minutes before showtime. $25, $20 students, $15 children. Without dinner: $15, $10 students, $7 children. Reservations: 454-5451 or ptpashows.org.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the musical based on the biblical story of the “coat of many colors.” Performed by students of the Conservatory at Wilkes University. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. $5. 408-4426.

Night Maneuver, Howard Korder’s drama about two brothers, stricken with poverty and a less-than-easy past, desperately attempting to unite and change their never-ending downward spiral. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre Experiment in conjunction with the grand opening of the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 411 Main St., Duryea. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $12. 457-3589.

Steel Magnolias, the comedy-drama about the close-knit friendships of a group of southern women who hang out at Truvy’s Beauty Parlor. Theatre at the Grove, Nuangola Road and Lake Avenue, Lake Nuangola. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. $15. 208-7679.

Dearly Departed, a comedy about a group of Bible Belters planning a funeral – with family feuds, hangovers, money problems and marital flings interfering with the headstone engraving. Performed by Actors Circle at the 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.

The Odd Couple, a female version of the comedy classic by Neil Simon about mismatched roommates starring Agnes Cummings and Mary Ethel Schmidt. Presented by the Northeast Theatre at the Performance Space at the Hotel Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $6 students. 558-1515 or thenortheasttheatre.us.

Three Days of Rain, Richard Greenberg’s play about the children of a great architect coming together for the reading of his will. Part of the “Not for Everybody” series presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Wednesday through Saturday (May 31) at 7:30 p.m.; June 1 at 3 p.m. $10. 800-282-0283 or bte.org.

Honky Tonky Angels, a country-western musical presented by the Music Box Repertory Company. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m. Performances continue through June 8, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. 283-2195.

FUTURE

A Year in Revue, a benefit performance by Dimensions in Dance and KISS (Kids Innovating Stage and Sound) Theatre Company who perform songs and dances including highlights from Broadway hits. Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St., Duryea. May 30-31 at 7 p.m.; June 1 at 3 p.m. $10. 991-1817 or 457-3589.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a musical comedy exploring the trials and tribulations of the modern-day mating game, performed and directed by students at Wyoming Valley West School District. Performed in the high school auditorium, Wadham Street in Plymouth. May 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. $5, $3 students. 328-5882.

Movin’ Out, the musical of Billy Joel classic hits telling the story of five lifelong friends over two turbulent decades. Performed by a national touring company and sponsored by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. May 30, 8 p.m.; May 31 at 2 and 8 p.m.; June 1 at 2 and 7 p.m. $59.50, $33.50. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Final Project/First Round, a performance of “The Celebration” by Anton Chekhov as adapted by David Zarko. A bank’s carefully choreographed anniversary celebration is interrupted by the complaints of a woman looking for her husband’s pension. Performed by students of the Griffin Conservatory and directed by Richard Grunn. The Northeast Theatre, Performance Space at the Hotel Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. May 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. Free. 558-1515.

Cinderella, a performance of the timeless fairy-tale ballet performed by Ballet Northeast with guest artist Jurijs Safonovs. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, South River Street at West South Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. May 30-31 at 7:30 p.m.; June 1 at 2 p.m. 408-4429.

Musical Theater Scholarship Gala, performances by five talented high-school students vying for a scholarship to Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute. Also performing: Natalie Weiss, former “American Idol” contestant. Judges include actors David Canary and Austin Pendleton. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 North Sprague Ave., Kingston. June 1 at 7 p.m. $20, $10 students and seniors. Light pre-performance dinner available. 270-2177.

Jay O’Callahan, the storyteller returns with his heartwarming tales of Pill Hill and beyond. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. June 4-5 at 7 p.m.; June 6-7 at 8 p.m.; June 8 at 3 p.m. 800-282-0283 or bte.org.

Annie Warbucks, the world’s favorite orphan returns in a sequel to the Broadway hit that finds Daddy Warbucks searching for a proper mother for newly adopted Annie. Little Theatre, 537 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre. June 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.; June 8 and 15 at 3 p.m. $18. 823-1875 or ltwb.org.

Adopt a Sailor, a staged reading of a new play by Tony Fiorentino about a couple who go on an Internet date that takes an unexpected turn. The Northeast Theatre, Performance Space at the Hotel Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. June 7 at 8 p.m. Free. 558-1515.

Chicago Tap Theatre, the dance troupe brings its novel style and electric rhythms to the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. June 12 at 7 p.m.; June 13-14 at 8 p.m.; June 15 at 3 p.m. 800-282-0283 or bte.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auditions for the Music Box Repertory Company’s July production of Meredith Willson’s musical comedy “The Music Man.” Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. June 2 at 7 p.m.; June 4 at 8 p.m. All roles open for children, teenagers and adults. 283-2195.

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