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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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.

FAMILY TRAUMA
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.

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Weekend Roundup, October 9th to 12th

Happy Thanksgiving! But there’s much more to the long weekend than turkey.

Friday, October 9th
Examine real, whole bodies preserved in polymer in the Body Worlds & the Story of the Heart exhibit, which opens today at the Ontario Science Centre.

Savour the sizzling flavours of Chile at the King Edward hotel restaurant Victoria’s with a special prixe fixe menu to celebrate Chilean Gourmet Week.

Be dazzled as dancers twirl paper fans, musicians beat drums and other performing artists do their thing in a lavish, multicoloured spectacle of Chinese culture in the opening Shen Yung Performing Arts show.

Saturday, October 10th
Catch the antics of some quirky friends and relatives for the last time when they visit a couple reluctant to play host in Alumnae Theatre’s last performance of A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee (also the playwright of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

Grab a partner and jitterbug on over to Swing Toronto‘s Saturday Night Swing dance party.

Consider the fashion and function of wool floor coverings that were popular in the city from the 1850s to 1920s in the exhibit Wall-to-Wall: A History of Carpeting in Toronto at Spadina Museum.

Sunday, October 11th
As part of Sound Travels: Festival of Sound Art, pedal one of the Synthecycletron’s stationary bicycles located at the Toronto Islands to produce synthesizer melodies.

Be transfixed by some of the best images in photojournalism worldwide showcased at the World Press Photo exhibit at Brookfield Place.

Take the kids to HarbourKIDS: Respect at Harbourfront Centre so they can appreciate the ecosystem by engaging in activties like helping build a model of the Great Lakes and its inhabitants out of LEGO.

Monday, October 12th
Help prepare harvest foods and nibble on 19th-century-inspired treats to celebrate Thanksgiving at Gibson House.

Or, let someone else do the cooking at Peartree, where you can nosh on a full turkey dinner from the roasted butternut squash soup to the pumpkin pie.

If you want Thanksgiving take-out, pick up a reheatable three-course meal complete with Ontario-grown poultry and accompanying trimmings via the Royal York Hotel’s Turkey to Go service.

Weekend Roundup, August 28 to 30

Friday: See pyrotechnic performers at Buskerfest.

Friday: See pyrotechnic performers at Buskerfest.

Friday, August 28
Try making Chia-A-Noodle, a dish going back to the days of a mostly poor, agricultural Taiwanese society, at Taiwanfest. While slurping up your fresh-made noodles, take in art exhibitions, fashion, music, demonstrations and films at two festival venues: Harbourfront Centre and the Distillery Historic District.

Ooh and ahh as Dream State Circus, The Fast Horses, Trulee Odd, PyRomeo and Circus Orange light it up in a nighttime fire show, the “hottest” gala performance at the 10th annual BuskerFest in Old Town Toronto.

Lose yourself in your thoughts while walking the Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square (between Queen and Dundas streets, entrance off Bay Street), an oasis of peace in the heart of the bustling city.

Saturday: The historic Sunnyside Pavilion hosts an art show.

Saturday: The historic Sunnyside Pavilion hosts an art show.

Saturday, August 29
Taste specialties of African cuisine at the Toronto African Film & Music Festival marketplace on Bloor Street, between Ossington and Christie Streets.

Get ready for dark humour as Soulpepper Theatre Company opens Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? Edward Albee’s 1962 boundary-crossing masterpiece provides an honest glimpse into married life at the time.

View paintings, photography, sculptures and fashion (and meet the artists!) showcased in the annual Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale at the historic Sunnyside Pavillion.

Sunday: Hear music at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Sunday: Hear music at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Sunday, August 30
Make yourself comfortable amongst the graves and gardens at Mount Pleasant Cemetery for its Music at Mount Pleasant series. Today, a Royal Conservatory of Music brass quintet performs Bach and other classical works.

Take a walking tour of the city’s most eco-friendly sites and spaces as part of the Live Green Toronto Festival. Be sure to return to the festival hub at at Yonge-Dundas Square to check out over 100 green exhibitors and hear live music by The Philosopher Kings, Samba Squad, Carly Rae Jepsen and more.

Blow bubbles in the streets at today’s air-themed Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market. With cars banned for the day, it’s easy to experience the multicultural neighbourhood’s many charms.