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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

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Address: 12 Alexander St, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1B4, Canada
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+1 416-975-8555

Established in 1979, this "gay, lesbian and queer" theater...

Established in 1979, this "gay, lesbian and queer" theater company produces edgy and provocative new Canadian works. Their work is not for everyone (the list of upcoming productions identifies shows that are "not for the faint of heart," and they mean it), but Buddies produces shows that you simply won't see anywhere else. The theater also stages Canadian adaptations of some well-known works, such as Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. American Sky Gilbert has helped build the theater's cutting-edge reputation.

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Excellent show in creative space

The black box theater was the right space and size for an excellent GLBT production. Adjacent parcel is currently a deep construction zone.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 October 2016
Madison, WI
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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The black box theater was the right space and size for an excellent GLBT production. Adjacent parcel is currently a deep construction zone.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

We saw Road to Paradise which was one of the most authentic plays we have seen in a long time Simple set with a surprise "pop up"through the sawdust covered floor The tension was palpable Loved it!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

Buddies! Buddies is a bit of a local queer/theater queer-theater landmark. They do great theater( look at their website for their curated programming), some (also usually good) rentals for outside shows, pretty good arts-based community engagement, and club nights. If you were an artsy-youngish (probably male) queer, you might end up here for a club night( if for "whatever" the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Went there for the first time to see a play. Loved everything about it. Simple, friendly, interesting, great space for an intimate play. Definitely lived up to their value mission of a safe, friendly, non-judgemental environment. Play was fantastic, audience was great. Will go back again for sure!

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Hanover, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

We weren't looking for a gay club but stumbled across this place as it was the only one that had music that we could find !! There was a $7 cover charge and when we arrived around 11.15pm it was very quiet. The staff were great and we were treated to our first drinks :-) By 11.30pm the place was... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

This is an interesting little venue mounting great theatre. The play was the best I have seen in a long time, and I am a regular theatre goer. Staff are pleasant and helpful and there doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house.

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Most travellers looking for a gay club in Toronto end up at Fly or maybe Crews & Tangos. But not a lot of visitors know that Buddies in Bad Times Theatre turns its space into a nightclub each Friday & Saturday night after 10:30-11pm. It's a nice change from the massive club anthems played at FLY. I'd recommend Saturday nights.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

This is definitely a great place to see some fantastic new plays. Anything playing at Buddies deserves a look...

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Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

Whether you're going to Buddies on a Saturday night to dance your feet off or on a Sunday afternoon for a play, you'll enjoy yourself. Buddies in Bad Times is a very versatile space nestled in the Church-Wellesley Gay Village in Toronto. It supports young artists with a variety of play festivals and has a great, intimate theatre space in... More 

Thank Maeve S
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

Excellent theatre; intimate venue and stage; wonderful exposure for local talent.

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