by Lenise Willis

If you’re interested in learning a little history through some good laughs then visit Triad Stage’s Upstage Cabaret and see Billy Bishop Goes to War, a musical about the wartime misadventures of an unlikely Canadian hero during WWI. The two-man show takes audiences through the life of Billy Bishop from 1914-1941 and is styled to resemble a 1940s radio hour show. Bishop energetically recounts his stories of love, life and war, while a pianist provides music, commentary and sound effects. Play runs now until March 19.

Wednesday, visit Broach Theatre for a heart-rendering yet hilarious production of Crimes of the Heart, a play about three Mississippi sisters who each have a grave past and are betrayed by their passions. The sisters have gathered at a hospital to wait out their grandfather’s last hours. Through the help of their lawyer and cousin, the sisters escape their down-trodden, yet hilarious past to seize the future. Play runs until March 19.

A dinner theatre presentation of Idol Revenge makes its way to BB&T Ballpark Friday, Saturday and March 19-20. The play, full of zany singers, angry dancers and knee-slapping humor, takes place in a run-down television studio where America is about to witness a brand new TV show: “USA Idol.” The Dionysian Players will perform the hilarious, interactive, modern murder mystery inside the stadium’s Womble Carlyle Club. The dinner theatre event is the first of its kind to be performed at the ballpark. Tickets are $45 each and include a buffet-style dinner. Reservations can be made by calling 336.331.3800.

Friday through Sunday, peek into the romantic lives of several couples at Open Space Café Theatre’s musical production of A Little Night Music. Saturday’s performance features a champagne reception.

City Arts Drama Center’s Greensboro Children’s Theatre will give a Russian twist to the tale The Emperor’s New Clothes Friday through Sunday at Greensboro College’s Odell Auditorium.

Tuesday, UNCG Theatre presents the children’s classic Hansel & Gretel performed by North Carolina Theatre for Young People at Taylor Theatre. Play runs until March 20.