Theater

 Sara Pokorny

David Payne brings C.S. Lewis to life in Wilkes-Barre

David Payne brings C.S. Lewis to life in Wilkes-Barre

British actor embodies the look and personality of 'Narnia' author

ime after time for the past 20 years, British actor David Payne has stepped on stage to portray one man, a literary giant whose works resonates with readers today and who Payne so uncannily resembles. He nails it each time, receiving praise from not only audiences, but colleagues, for his spot-on likeness – and, yet, […]

 Stage Walker

THEATRE REVIEW: Two thumbs up for ‘A Behanding in Spokane’

THEATRE REVIEW: Two thumbs up for ‘A Behanding in Spokane’

What lengths do we go to recover what is rightfully ours? This question (among many) is examined in “A Behanding in Spokane,” a dark and twisted comedy by renowned Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. Set in “anywhere U.S.A.,” this piece takes a cruel, albeit intelligent satirical eye to the dark and cutthroat (or behanding, as it […]

 Stage Walker

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Cocktail Hour’ is a mixture that doesn’t quite go down right

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Cocktail Hour’ is a mixture that doesn’t quite go down right

Actors Circle, based at the Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton), opened their 33rd season with A.R Gurney’s 1988 comedy “The Cocktail Hour,” running Sept. 11-21. The play features four characters; Bradley and Ann (portrayed by John Arena and Patricia McAvoy) are an aging upper-class couple who are attempting to enjoy an evening of drinks […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

$15 social fundraiser at POSH supports Diva Productions

$15 social fundraiser at POSH supports Diva Productions

From a press release: What happens when you put a renowned creative strategist, an entrepreneurial restaurateur, and a fabulous venue together? A big idea with a small price tag. “When POSH’s Joshua Mast reached out, it was very clear to me how much he cares about our community,” notes Helen Lavelle, president and CEO of […]

 Rich Howells

‘A Behanding’ in Scranton

‘A Behanding’ in Scranton

Diva Productions at the Olde Brick Theatre takes a risk with a twisted dark comedy

asey Thomas is greeting acting students as they come in the door of the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton on Wednesday night for a preview of his latest production, but he stops short of shaking hands – they’re covered in spray paint from all the prop hands this play requires. As if this wasn’t evidence […]

 Sara Pokorny

‘Titanic: The Musical’ sings of history and real-life love, tragedy

‘Titanic: The Musical’ sings of history and real-life love, tragedy

We’ve heard the stories numerous times. We’ve seen the photos of the ship nestled at the bottom of the ocean, we could recognize the quartet of smoke stacks from miles away, and we have teared up over the final scenes in the film adaptations more times than we’d like to admit. And yet, we’ve never […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

King’s Theatre to open season with The Who’s rock opera ‘Tommy’

King’s Theatre to open season with The Who’s rock opera ‘Tommy’

From a press release: The King’s College Theatre Department will open the season with performances of the ‘60s rock opera “Tommy,” The Who’s electrifying tale of a catatonic adolescent’s journey into a pinball wizard. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-4 and Oct. 6 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4-5 in the […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: ‘The Misanthrope and the Little Buddha’ by Kat Bullington, 09/11/14

PHOTOS: ‘The Misanthrope and the Little Buddha’ by Kat Bullington, 09/11/14

NEPA Scene photographer Robb Malloy attended “The Misanthrope and the Little Buddha: A Misunderstanding of Love” on Thursday, Sept. 11 the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg. Written and performed by Kat Bullington, the “developing artist” performance made its world premiere that night, kicking off the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s second annual Women’s Solo Performance Festival. The […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Elvis lives again through the eyes of ‘All the King’s Women’ at Wilkes University

Elvis lives again through the eyes of ‘All the King’s Women’ at Wilkes University

From a press release: Wilkes University Theatre says, “Long live the king!” with its latest production, Luigi Jannuzzi’s comedy “All the King’s Women,” running Sept. 25-28. Directed by Wilkes’ director of theatre Teresa Fallon, “All the King’s Women” explores the cultural impact of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Elvis Presley, through the eyes of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Broadway in Scranton 2014-2015 season at Cultural Center announced

Broadway in Scranton 2014-2015 season at Cultural Center announced

The 2014-2015 Broadway in Scranton season was just announced yesterday, featuring “Mamma Mia,” “Sister Act,” and “Flashdance.” The 55th season at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple (420 North Washington Ave., Scranton), brought to the downtown venue by the Broadway Theatre League and Albert Nocciolino, also includes “Million Dollar Quartet,” 2011 Tony Award […]