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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

12 Alexander St, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1B4, Canada
+1 416-975-8555
Review Highlights
Great venue in great location

Never knew about this theatre. Well located downtown with several eateries close by. Accessible by... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2017
Mississauga, Canada
via mobile
Excellent show in creative space

The black box theater was the right space and size for an excellent GLBT production. Adjacent... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2016
Madison, WI
via mobile
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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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13 Dec 2017
“Great venue in great location”
9 Oct 2016
“Excellent show in creative space”
12 Alexander St, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1B4, Canada
+1 416-975-8555
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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Never knew about this theatre. Well located downtown with several eateries close by. Accessible by transit but we drove and found a parking lot across the street. Once you enter, the coat check and washrooms are down a set of stairs. There is a bar...More

Thank momr2d2
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.

Thank madtownbiztraveler
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!

1  Thank JCDown
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...More

1  Thank Luka V
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...More

1  Thank sunnydazesunnydaze
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...More

Thank John F
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.

Thank Dene48
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...More

Thank dadarren
Reviewed 11 March 2012

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

Thank langtongirl
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...More

Thank Maeve S
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination
for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip
and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with
a strong student influence from the Ryerson University
Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in
flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities,
with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to
Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of
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