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Hot Date: Soulpepper’s Family Values

R.H. Thomson and Carmen Grant in Doc (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

TO SEPTEMBER 18 Soulpepper Theatre Company presents another Canadian masterpiece this month—Sharon Pollock’s award-winning Doc. The semi-autobiographical drama examines a fraught father-daughter relationship over the course of non-linear time—it is through the characters’ memories that a story emerges and questions are resolved. Veteran actors Derek Boyes, Jane Spidell and RH Thomson are among the cast that brings this memorable family portrait to life. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Monday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 2 p.m., $22 to $75.33; call 416-866-8666 or visit here to purchase.

Weekend Roundup, August 20 to 22

The Canadian National Exhibition opens this weekend, but it’s hardly the only game in town. There’s plenty of entertainment for everyone!

Friday: Be touched by the timeless musical, South Pacific

Friday, August 20
Get a major dose of theatre tonight at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, which offers three highly anticipated plays on its various stages. The main event is the debut of Window on Toronto, in which artists from Soulpepper Theatre Company’s academy examine the city from the perspective of a hot-dog vendor. The evening also offers preview performances of Joe Orton’s bold and witty What the Butler Saw, as well as Sharon Pollock’s award-winning drama, Doc.

The play’s the thing at the Four Seasons Centre, too! Take your loved ones to witness a triumphant re-staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The heart-rending musical romance has received glowing reviews from Toronto critics and audiences.

Head to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre to see a Canadian folk-rock institution, as ebullient East Coast band Great Big Sea is in concert tonight. Get to the venue early for a real treat: emerging all-female country group Ladies of the Canyon opens the show.

Celebrate Cuba with the third annual Havana Cultura festival, which showcases that country’s music, arts and food all weekend long. Tonight, hear popular Cuban musician Julio Cuza, see a cigar-rolling demonstration, and much more. (more…)