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Curtains Up: On Stage in October

Stages across the city light up again for a new season of award-winning productions, hum-along musicals, reflective dramas and a parade of Canadian talent.
—By Danielle Milley

The cast of <i>The Boys in the Photograph</i><br>photo by Bruce MonkPOLITICAL DRAMA
ON NOW Held over from the 2008-09 season, Mirvish Productions’ acclaimed musical The Boys in the Photograph finally has a home in Toronto. This reworked piece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton is a coming-of-age story set in Belfast during the late 1960s and early 1970s at the beginning of a 30-year civil war. An all-Canadian cast brings to life the conflict of religious prejudice and how a unisex soccer team copes with strenuous circumstances, struggling to find peace and freedom through love. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $26 to $110; call 416-872-1212 or click here to purchase.

ON NOW After an attention-grabbing run in the U.K., True Love Lies makes its North American premiere. Originally developed in a workshop, the powerful piece kicks off Factory Theatre’s 40th-anniversary season. Writer Brad Fraser, one of the country’s best known playwrights, also directs the gritty, funny and poignant story about a modern Canadian family and the secrets that can tear one apart. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $15 to $35; call 416-504-9971 or navigate here to order tickets.

<i>Jersey Boys</i><br>photo by Joan MarcusALL-SEASON MUSICAL
ON NOW The popularity of Dancap’s hit Jersey Boys endures after more than a year of delighting audiences. The award-winning show follows four blue-collar lads on their journey to become one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. Two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff directs the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, featuring such hits as “Walk Like A Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $25 to $110; call 416-644-3665 or click here to buy.

TO OCTOBER 24 Still relevant more than 40 years after Edward Albee published his groundbreaking play—and its original production swept the Tony Awards—Soulpepper Theatre Company presents Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring Diego Matamoros and Nancy Palk. While its strong language and mature content may no longer shock, the savage and hilarious piece about George and Martha’s dysfunctional relationship remains a thrilling experience for audiences today. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill St., Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (plus special matinees), $28 to $68; call 416-866-8666 or visit here to purchase tickets.

Shaun Smyth as Jan in <i>Rock 'n' Roll</i><br>photo by Cylla von TiedemannRADICAL REVUE
TO OCTOBER 24 Pop culture and politics collide in Rock ‘n’ Roll, which features the music of iconic performers Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones. Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) weaves a decades-spanning tale about love, music, revolution and the end of communism in Czechoslovakia in this Tony- nominated play directed by Donna Feore. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., Monday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday 1:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m., $20 to $92; call 416-368-3110 or click here to reserve.

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