BY AMY ALLEN
From comedies to dramas, to tragedies and Broadway musicals, we bet you’ll have the time of your life at one of Ottawa’s many stages. The National Arts Centre hosts two productions throughout the month of April, including the timeless classic Dirty Dancing, which follows the love story of Baby and Johnny at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. On from April 14 to 19. From $39.
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787. nac-cna.ca
•Map and reviews
VENUS IN FUR
Until April 18
This two-person play explores — and then inverts — the power dynamic between a disgruntled theatre director and an actress auditioning for a role. From $34.
•The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave., 613-233-4523. thegladstone.ca
OTTAWA LITTLE THEATRE PLAYWRIGHT’S WEEKEND
April 18 and 19
Catch readings of the four winning plays from the OLT’s National One-Act Playwriting Competition (The Dumb War by Rachel Ganz, The False Neighbour by Step Taylor, Lac/Athabasca by Len Falkenstein, and Dashevsky and Lev by Phyllis Heltay), plus a playwriting workshop. See website for schedule. From $10.
•Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948. ottawalittletheatre.com
April 21 to May 2
Based on the Dostoyevsky novel, a bureaucrat begins his descent into insanity after several chance encounters with his doppelgänger. From $46.
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787. nac-cna.ca
April 29 and 30
Fusing music and theatre, soprano Neema Bickersteth performs in this piece that explores the last hundred years of Canada’s history. Tickets available through the National Arts Centre. $30.
•The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave., 866-850-2787. nac-cna.ca
WHO KILLED SPALDING GREY?
April 30 to May 2
Playwright Daniel MacIvor juxtaposes his experiences with a man who saved his life against the suicide of America’s most famous monologist. Tickets available through the National Arts Centre. $39.
•Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. W., 866-850-2787. nac-cna.ca