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1979 Apr 4 - 22 In 1979, the young, ide­al­is­tic, and very stub­born Prime Min­ster Joe Clark is de­cid­ing whether he should put his first bud­get be­fore Par­lia­ment, against the ad­vice of, well, pretty much every­one. Though it takes place nearly 40 years ago, this hilarious stage com­edy (which is based on true events) is a highly rel­e­vant look at lead­er­ship and power in pol­i­tics. $25 - $72. Arts Com­mons, Martha Co­hen Theatre, 205 - 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494. Map 1, H10 www.artscom­mons.ca

A THOU­SAND SPLEN­DID SUNS Mar 7 - Apr 1 Based on the best­selling novel, this haunt­ing play re­veals the strength of the hu­man spirit. $45 - $134; Arts Com­mons, Max Bell Theatre, 205 - 8 Ave SE, 403-294-7447. Map 3, F8 www.the­atre­cal­gary.com

CRAZY FOR YOU Apr 18 - May 20 This hilarious song-and-dance ex­trav­a­ganza fea­tures the clas­sics “I Got Rhythm,” “Some­one to Watch Over Me,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” $50 $83. Arts Com­mons, Max Bell Theatre, 205 - 8 Ave SE, 403-294-7447. Map 3, F8 www.the­atre­cal­gary.com

CRIME DOES NOT PAY Mar 2 - 11 When down-and-out comic book artist Bob meets lounge singer Vi­o­let, in­spi­ra­tion strikes and he be­gins writ­ing dark, racy true crime sto­ries where the crim­i­nal is the hero — but the trap­pings of suc­cess, the threat of cen­sor­ship, and Bob’s pos­ses­sive love of Vi­o­let cre­ate an ex­plo­sive com­bi­na­tion. Based on a true story, this new mu­si­cal is writ­ten by Cal­gar­i­ans David Rhymer and Kris De­meanor. 34 tick­ets to each show are avail­able for free at the door. $25. En­gi­neered Air Theatre, Arts Com­mons, 205 - 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494. Map 3, F8 www.artscom­mons.ca

DEREK SELINGER Mar 10 Magic and il­lu­sion are ex­plored in a two-hour fea­ture-length the­atri­cal per­for­mance fea­tur­ing the tal­ents of award-win­ning il­lu­sion­ist Derek Selinger. $32.75 - $102.75. Arts Com­mons, Jack Singer Con­cert Hall, 205 - 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494. Map 2, F6 www.artscom­mons.ca

GRA­CIE Through Mar 18 This one-ac­tress per­for­mance ex­plores the world through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl born into a polyg­a­mous com­mu­nity. $25 - $57. Arts Com­mons, 205 - 8 Ave SE. Map 3, F8 www.at­plive.ca

OUR MAN IN HA­VANA Mar 11 - Apr 9 Thanks to his daugh­ter’s ex­trav­a­gant spend­ing, a Bri­tish ex­pat liv­ing in 1950s Cuba lit­er­ally can’t af­ford to say no when the Se­cret Ser­vice of­fers him a plum po­si­tion as their “man in Ha­vana.” His ut­ter clue­less­ness kicks off this hilarious, fast-paced romp through the world of es­pi­onage. $30 $42. Ver­tigo Theatre, 161, 115 - 9 Ave SE, 403-221-3708.

Map 2, E6 www.ver­tig­othe­atre.com

RODGERS AND HAM­MER­STEIN’S CIN­DERELLA Apr 25 - 30 The Broad­way Across Canada makeover breathes fresh life into the clas­sic tale of Cin­derella and her evil step­mother and step­sis­ters, while keep­ing all the tra­di­tional el­e­ments of the story fans love. While there are a few new twists, you’ll still hear the beloved mu­sic from the orig­i­nal tele­vi­sion spe­cial, in­clud­ing “In My Own Lit­tle Cor­ner” and “Ten Min­utes Ago.” $30 - $106; South­ern Alberta Ju­bilee Au­di­to­rium, 1415 - 14 Ave NW, 866-532-7469. Map 2, B3 cal­gary.broad­way.com

THE THREE MUS­KE­TEERS Mar 24 - Apr 8 The clas­sic tale of the swash­buck­ling mus­ke­teers is brought to life on stage. When the favour for the queen’s hand­maiden brings d’Artag­nan afoul of the pow­er­ful Car­di­nal, the dar­ing youth be­friends three Mus­ke­teers. To­gether, they fight to de­fend the queen’s hon­our and save the lady that d’Artag­nan loves. $25 - $35. Stu­dio Theatre, 115 9 Ave SE, 403-221-3708 Map 1, L5 www.shake­speare­com­pany.com

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