by Lenise Willis

Winston-Salem’s Theatre Alliance puts on another edgy comedy Friday through Sunday with its performance of Assassins, a play about those throughout history who have attempted to murder the president. The play not only gives a small history lesson, but a few guilty laughs along the way.

Also on Friday, catch comedian Paula Poundstone at Carolina Theatre. The Emmy Award-winner is famous for her quick wit and spontaneity and was the first woman to receive the Cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special.

Triad Stage continues its production of Billy Bishop Goes to War, a musical about the wartime misadventures of an unlikely Canadian hero during WWI. The two-man show performs in the Upstage Cabaret until Saturday.

Also now until Saturday Broach Theatre will perform a heart-rendering yet hilarious production of Crimes of the Heart, a play about three Mississippi sisters who 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.

A dinner-theatre presentation of Idol Revenge makes its way to BB&T Ballpark Saturday and Sunday. 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 actors’ group 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.

UNCG Theatre will continue to show the children’s classic Hansel & Gretel performed by North Carolina Theatre for Young People at Taylor Theatre until Sunday.

Also on Sunday, see who will win Triad Idol 2011 at the Final Event at Carolina Theatre. The final contest consists of three sets of performances: kids ages 8-12; teens ages 13-18; and adults ages 19 , with two CT-Glee ensembles kicking off each set. Audience members will vote after each set.