Written by David Marrone on 13.04.15

There’s nothing like springtime in Montreal, a city that really comes to life after winter. Put away your winter boots and take out your spring fling clothes because Montreal is hosting some bright-hot talent on stage this April.



Type of Event: Historical Comedy – play
When: April 12 – May 3, check listings for showtimes
Where: Segal Center
Tickets: $44 [Buy Tickets]

A play by Tom Stoppard and directed by Montreal’s own Jacob Tierney (who directed films such as The Trotsky and Good Neighbours)will be hitting the Segal Center stage this month. The story is driven by the narrator, Henry Carr (played by Greg Ellwand) who entertainingly fills in the gaps of his own memory while recounting his years living in Zurich in the early 1900’s.  Carr weaves a fictional tale of the meeting of three of the 20th centuries most influential figures, communist leader Vladimir Lenin (played by Daniel Lillford), Irish author James Joyce (played by Jon Lachlan Stewart), and Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara (played by Martin Sims) in Zurich, Switzerland during World War I.  Stoppard’s brilliantly witty script turns an aging British man’s memories into a re-enactment of Oscar Wilde’s famous play The Importance of Being Earnest. This is a great ticket for those who enjoy the absurdly funny, sharp, and historically playful shows.

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina Montreal

Type of Event: Ballet
When: April 16 – April 18
Where: Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
Tickets: Start at $62 [Buy Tickets]

Based on the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina’s story of passion and rejection is made all the more beautiful by Boris Eifman’s choreography. He focuses his ballet on the love triangle between Anna, Karenin, and Vronsky. This Russian ballet delivers classical, romantic, and modern dancing that will wow audiences everywhere.

Brooks Wheelan

Brooks wheelan Montreal

Type of Event: Comedy – stand up
When: April 30 – May 2, 8:00pm or 10:00pm (check listings)
Where: Comedy Nest
Tickets: Start at $14 [Buy Tickets]

Newly fired from Saturday Night Live, Brooks Wheelan is proudly bringing his unique comedic style to the Comedy Nest.  If you thought Wheelan was funny on SNL but wished you’d gotten to see more of him, he is on tour with his newly recorded stand-up album Brooks Wheelan: This is cool, right?. Wheelan has a distinct brand of shameless, self-deprecating humour that will disarm you while simultaneously hitting you with a guffaw to the gut. The Iowa native proves his comedy chops with this breakout album, which is surpassed only by his live performance. In short, he’s funny and he’ll make you laugh.

Fancy Pants Supper Club

Fancy pants supper club

Type of Event: Fancy – music, burlesque, magic, comedy, and circus acts
When: April 18, One night only! (doors open at 7:00pm, 8:00pm show time)
Where: La Sala Rossa
Tickets: $35 includes complimentary glass of bubbly and amuse-bouches (does not include food or beverages) [Buy Tickets]

This show is simply a wonderful night out on the town. Dannette Mackay and Harry Standjofski are back after their debut Fancy Pants Supper Club event back in November. This variety show will transport you back to Montreal’s ‘Sin City’ days when going to a club required cuff links and your good perfume. The show is complete with music, laughs, magic, and burlesque dancing. Guests will be seated under the chandelier light of La Sala Rossa with tapas and drink menus in tow. One can only hope these events become a regular ordeal, but, to be safe, buy your tickets now to this one night only show.

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