Russian master Anton Chekov is the subject of a wonderful production combining the wit, humour and emotion that makes his own works so enduring. Chekov's Shorts (above) by Canada's Theatre Smith-Gilmore takes five of Chekov's short stories and blends the characters and plot together to make this one of the master's most outstanding interpretations yet. Directors Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith, who won Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards in Toronto, are top Canadian talents. Not to be missed. September 21-23. Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre. $100-$150 Urbtix: 2734 9009. Opera fans, hold on to your seats. One of the most popular works by Verdi, Il Trovatore, is to be staged at the end of the month to commemorate the centenary of the death of the beloved composer. If you have seen the Italian master's two other famous works, Rigoletto and La Traviata, you will know what to expect. Here are some names from the all-star line-up: taking the baton is David Stern, son of the great violinist Issac Stern; Piero Giuliacci will be singing tenor, and soprano Joanna Porackova and the China-born, Juilliard-trained mezzo soprano Ning Liang will also grace the stage. Il Trovatore takes place in the 15th century and is a tale of revenge and bittersweet romance in which two brothers are separated at infancy, before being brought up to be rivals. This one has it all - lavish sets and costumes, a dramatic storyline and some of the opera's best-loved arias, such as Tacea La Notte Placida and Ah Si, Ben Mio. Those who complain about locally produced operas should have only good things to say about this one. September 28-30, October 1, 2.30pm and October 2 and 3, 7.30pm. Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. $100-$680 Urbtix. There must be something special about 2XL's comedies because both shows they presented this year at the Fringe, Willie's Angels and Sleeping Beauty: The Revenge, were so popular the organisers were flooded with calls requesting reruns. The humour is sometimes trite, but there is nothing lots of make-up, hairspray and fishnet stockings can't fix. So here they are again. The Return Of Willie's Angels. September 27-29, 8pm. Lycos Asia Theatre. $160-$200. Sleeping Beauty: The Revenge. September 2, 3pm. Lycos Asia Theatre. $100-$120. Fringe Club.