Event Category: Festival

The BiG SiSSY Show: The Message

One person in the foreground and two more people behind and to either side. The person in the middle is smiling and has bright green hair; the person on the left is wearing a black hat and looking at the camera, and the person on the right is looking up and out of the frame.

This afro-futurist, queer rock opera charts alien witch BiG SiSSY’s journey from Black Starr Planet to Earth to liberate us from our oppressive systems.

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Starting at 8pm, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber), so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. There is a different set of shows each week – so keep coming back. There are also exhibitions in the building that you can only see before the shows start, so be sure to show up early.

And remember, shows at Rhubarb are not individually ticketed. So that show you want to see at 9:30? If you just show up at 9 you will probably be out of luck and all the tickets were sold to people who came for the whole evening.

Tickets: Wednesday-Saturday – $20. Your ticket grants you access to all of the performances on a given day. Call the box office at 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb.

How was your day, honey?

A baby touching the buttons on a TV on a wooden stand. Elisabeth Moss in the Handmaid's Tale is on the screen.

A new parent attempts to recreate the emptiness of the year she spent alone at home with her baby. Performer + creator: Katie Swift. Director: Rose Plotek. Composer and musician: Holger Schoorl. Movement director: Amy Nostbakken.

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More information on the Buddies in Bad Times website

Starting at 8pm, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber), so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. There is a different set of shows each week – so keep coming back. There are also exhibitions in the building that you can only see before the shows start, so be sure to show up early.

And remember, shows at Rhubarb are not individually ticketed. So that show you want to see at 9:30? If you just show up at 9 you will probably be out of luck and all the tickets were sold to people who came for the whole evening.

Tickets: Wednesday-Saturday – $20. Your ticket grants you access to all of the performances on a given day. Call the box office at 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb.

Deafies’ Unique Time

Three rows of photos featuring the same three people. In the first third rows they are smiling and signing ASL against a bright yellow background. In the second row, the photo is black and white and they are posing with hands on the shoulder of the person beside them. Deafies' Unique Time appears in white outlined letters at the bottom of the photo.

Three BIPOC Deaf artists weave together their diverse backgrounds into a theatrical experience you won’t want to miss. Performed in ASL with English interpretation. Created and performed by Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, Ralitsa Rodriguez and Ali Saeedi. Deaf consultant: Elizabeth Morris.

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More information on the Buddies in Bad Times website

Starting at 8pm, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber), so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. There is a different set of shows each week – so keep coming back. There are also exhibitions in the building that you can only see before the shows start, so be sure to show up early.

And remember, shows at Rhubarb are not individually ticketed. So that show you want to see at 9:30? If you just show up at 9 you will probably be out of luck and all the tickets were sold to people who came for the whole evening.

Tickets: Wednesday-Saturday – $20. Your ticket grants you access to all of the performances on a given day. Call the box office at 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb.

Deafies’ Unique Time

Three smiling people speaking in ASL in front of a bright yellow background. Deafies' Unique Time appears in blue block lettering at the bottom

All the way from Toronto, Deafies’ Unique Time is a show with three Deaf actors of diverse backgrounds putting their unique performing skills to use! We want to show you that Deafies from different countries can work as a team and can showcase our different cultures and different experiences while at the same time entertaining you with our lively and hilarious antics!

Don’t miss the final twist at the ending, interweaving film with live performance, that will BLOW your expectations away!

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Inaudibility World (Staged Reading)

Black and white portrait of a person looking slightly downward, with what appears to be a reversed film leader countdown overlaid

Staged reading.

Will you be my friend? It’s such a simple question. A work in progress play will explore the areas of dating relationships, deaf and hearing people. “Are YOU really listening?” It’s not how we listen. It’s not how we see. A rare diagnosis, forced her to give up one of her goals in life. From Hollywood to Toronto, the magical place of the movieland to today’s world.

Performer: Catherine Joell MacKinnon

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Deafy

A black and white illustration of a hand with the index finger pointing up, and the thumb touching the curled middle finger

Staged reading. Nathan Jesper has flown in for his big talk and is desperately late. Upon arriving, he launches into his speech but things are soon found to not be what they seem. Part storytelling, part comedy, part tragedy, “Deafy” is a play with captions.

Performer: Chris Dodd.

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Adeline, Carol and Friends

Four smiling people wearing black shirts with the Deaf Spirit Theatre logo - a teal butterfly - against a turquoise background

Deaf Spirit Theatre returns with a brand new show! This collective from Kingston, Ontario will perform a series of unique skits a featuring a comedic duo of two women in the 1950s who are from worlds apart, incorporating silent film, storytelling, comedy skits, dance and poetry, complete with stunning multimedia. A captivating production for all ages!

Presented by Deaf Spirit Theatre.

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Songs My Mother Never Sung Me

An illustration of two people standing back to back on a grand piano - there is a vacuum cleaner in front of the person on the right, and the person on the left is holding the vacuum's power cord. The background is orange, and there are light yellow squiggly lines and musical notes around the figures and piano. Songs My Mother Never Sung Me appear in brown lettering at the top of the illustration.

Songs My Mother Never Sung Me is an opera for families about a Deaf mom and her hearing son. The piece is bilingual and is performed and sung in English and ASL. The heart of this touching and funny work is its intimate connection to playwright Dave Clarke’s experience growing up as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult). Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Presented by Concrete Theatre.

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The In-Between

Illustration of three young people back-to-back in a circle, all looking at smartphones in their hands. Their faces are illuminated by a yellow glow from the screen. There is a purple backpack in the foreground

Relaxed performance.

Lily feels trapped. When a conflict between her best friend Brit and the guy she likes Karim breaks out after other students share racist, anti-Muslim memes, a misunderstanding leads to a school lockdown. Lily finds herself right in the middle, forced to make hard choices about which friend’s truth she’s going to believe.

Illustrating the real-life challenges of immigration, income inequality, and fears of violence in our schools, The In-Between is a realistic, relatable exploration of the complex social circumstances students must navigate in today’s world.

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Little Witch

An illustration of the character Little Witch, with two trees in shades of purple, against a grey backdrop with white spatters resembling stars. A black cat is in the tree on the left. Little Witch appears in white text behind the character and trees

Deep in the woods lived Little Witch, her beloved cat and her mother, Old Witch.  One day, the ailing Old Witch finds an ogre caught in a trap.  As a reward for saving him, Old Witch strikes a deal with the ogre to take care of her daughter when she is gone.  All too soon, Little Witch finds herself living in the ogre’s kingdom.  However, when Little Witch encounters the curious Hunter Boy near her new home, the ogre’s appetite takes over. Little Witch, helped by the sage words of her mother, is forced to make a choice: to save the boy, to save herself, or choose another path; a decision that illuminates the power she had within herself all along.

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