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Erin Canedy and John Baldino star in “God on Broadway: A Cabaret of Almighty Music and Laughs.”

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John Arena stars as Kris Kringle, and Olivia Smith as Susan Walker in Actors Circle’s “Miracle on 34th Street.”

There are plenty of dramatic groups in and near the valley, so residents often have a chance to partake of an evening at the theater. But it’s unusual to have the kind of selection you have this weekend—with a holiday favorite just around the corner. Let’s run down the options:

• The Marywood University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Crimes of the Heart” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m., in the Sette La Verghetta Center for Performing Arts. It examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.

The show will be staged three-quarter-in -the-round on the stage, which means the audience sits on the stage, surrounding the acting area on three sides, creating an intimate space out of Marywood’s large theatre, and giving the audience the feeling they are in the play.

Tickets are $10; $7 for senior citizens; admission is free to I.H.M. Sisters and anyone with Marywood ID. To make reservations, call 570-348-6211, ext. 6097. If you need further information call 570-961-4517 or e-mail

• You’ll also be immersed in the story at The Corner Bistro Tapas Bar and Dinner Theater, 76-78 S. Main St., Carbondale, which will present another edition of its interactive experience called “The Blind Tiger — A 1920s Speakeasy” Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m.: The show recreates the 1920s atmosphere, and features intrigue, music and dance, and a meal designed after the food of the era. Audience members are asked to wear 1920s clothes. Tickets are $35, which includes dinner. Call 570-282-7499 for tickets or for more information.

• Also at the Corner Bistro, John & Erin Cabaret Productions will present “God on Broadway: A Cabaret of Almighty Music and Laughs” Sunday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. The cabaret will contain songs from familiar favorites including “Godspell,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Anything Goes,” “Songs for a New World,” “Spamalot” and “Guy and Dolls.” The show will star Carbondale natives John Baldino and Erin Canedy.

“The Great White Way has given us so many shows inspired by religion and faith,” Baldino said. “As people of faith, Erin and I want to highlight some of those shows in our newest cabaret. It’s not a preachy show and it’s not a gospel concert. It’s a musical cabaret featuring songs from faith-inspired shows, and some songs that take a light-hearted look at religion. It’s important not to take ourselves too seriously, so there will be a lot of laughs.”

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (800) 838-3006 or visiting A full menu will be available at the Corner Bistro prior to the show.

And coming up soon: Actors Circle will present “Miracle on 34th Street,” Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 15-16 and 22-23, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 17 and 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12; $10 for seniors and $8 for students (Admission for a special preview show Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. will be $8; $6 for students.) The show will be presented at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. The holiday tale tells the story of Kris Kringle, a jolly gentleman who happens to believe he’s Santa Claus. Olivia Smith, who plays young Susan, is from the Mid Valley area, as is cast member Jeff Ginsberg.