SQUEAKY CLEAN Darren O'Donnell's award-winning show White Mice -- in which a pair of pale rodents argue about politics and racism -- opens the season at Theatre Passe Muraille tonight (Thursday, September 28). The Mammalian Diving Reflex production features Bruce Hunter and O'Donnell. 16 Ryerson. 504-7529.
BANG ON The Theatre Centre revives its BANG! cabaret series, a monthly showcase of works-in-progress in all performance disciplines. Acts are booked with artistic director David Duclos on a first-come, first-served basis. The first BANG! is October 14. 538-0630.
The Centre also offers a physical theatre workshop series for actors, dancers, playwrights, performers and directors, with an emphasis on quick creation and finding the physical life of text. Run by Patti Powell and Darcey Callison, the series runs Mondays beginning October 2 at 9 St. Nicholas, sixth floor. Call 538-0988 to register.
BURNING THIRST How does a parent deal with the loss of a child, especially if that parent is a scientist who prides himself on his rational approach to life? H.J. Bunyan explores the quandary in With The Fire Of Thirst, a workshop production presented by Theatre in Exile at Dancemakers Studio (927 Dupont). 531-5641.
GUITAR GRACE Sound Image Theatre always impresses with its visuals, so it's no surprise that the company's latest, Anatomy Of Beauty, avoids narrative altogether. Director Jan Komárek admits this piece is his darkest and slowest yet, the sort of thing he'd like to see if he were in the audience. With a guitar score by Rainer Wiens and performers including Claudia Moore, Francine Gagné and Livia Daza-Paris, the show opens Tuesday (October 3) at the Great Hall (1087 Queen West). 539-0617.
RELIGIOUS RACE Filmmaker John Huston tried to do it but only got through the first 22 chapters of Genesis in three hours. Now Brookstone Performing Arts plans to stage the entire Bible in two hours. Written and directed by Tom Carson and Dennis Hassell, The Big Picture uses a cast of four and simple staging to tell the collection of tales that has become a cornerstone of western culture. Opens Friday (September 29) at Elmore's Hall (1881/2 Lowther). 922-1238.
TURGENEV REVISITED Actors Rep Theatre returns with a full season this year, including seven readings and two staged productions. The monthly readings begin Monday (October 2) with Brian Friel's adaptation of Turgenev's A Month In The Country, directed by Gary Reineke and featuring Alan Jordan, Brenda Bazinet, Niki Landau, Shawn Lawrence, Paul Lampert and Allegra Fulton. Artword Theatre (75 Portland). 408-2783.