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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto)

Mar 24 – Apr 4, 2015

Historic Theatre

Eligible for 14/15 Cultch subscription packages.

Opening: Mar 24, 8PM
Mar 25-28, 31, Apr 1-4: 8PM
Mar 29, Apr 4: 2PM
Lively post-show talkbacks: Mar 25, 29, 31

Running time: 90 min, no intermission

Writer and Performer: Tawiah M’carthy
Director: Evalyn Parry
Live Music: Kobena Aquaa-Harrison
Set and Costumes: Camellia Koo
Lighting: Michelle Ramsay

Coming out to yourself can be as hard as sharing it with others. Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Tawiah M’Carthy’s captivating hero is caught between worlds – gay and straight, black and white, African and North American. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima (“girlboy”) chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and sexualities. Don’t miss this funny, serious, sad, and extremely moving production.

Dora Mavor Award Winner for Best Production

Obaaberima, which won ecstatic reviews and rapturous audience response in Toronto, promises a heartfelt and sophisticated look at the complications of otherness and inclusion” – Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight Spring Arts Critic’s Pick

As a performance it’s a tour de force and more than earned M’Carthy the raucous ovation it received. As a play it’s persuasive and touching” – Toronto Star

★★★★ A resonant script” – Now Magazine

Brilliant” – Fab Magazine

It’s an intriguing story beautifully performed” – Stage Door

When the play ended, there was a unanimous and passionate standing ovation. The cast and crew of Obaaberima had better get used to that sort of exchange. It’s going to happen after every performance” – Mooney On Theatre

Fantastically unique” – The Charlebois Post

Grabs at your heart over and over again, eliciting sympathy, empathy, understanding, sadness and some smiles too” – Ottawa Life

M’Carthy enacts this one [story] … with such intimacy and skill that it becomes one we’ve never before heard” – Ottawa Citizen

A journey that poses a difficult question… when do you discover the real “you”?” – Apt 613 

Audience reviews from the National Arts Centre run of Obaaberima


What People are Saying

Obaaberima is fantastic entertainment. Tawiah M'Ca...

Obaaberima is fantastic entertainment. Tawiah M’Carthy was spellbinding. He deserved a much bigger ovation than was given from last night’s audience! He gave it his all, and we feel a bit ashamed that we did not give more back. BRAVO!

-- Grant Hurrle

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