Are you excited to see this fall’s Hysteria Festival? Gearing up for Rhubarb! in February? Well, stop already, because they aren’t happening. Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto’s favourite theatre/gay dance party, has scrapped its entire usual season in favour a series of performance creations, put into groups called Wave One, Wave Two and Wave Three (reminds us a little of what Passe Muraille did last season with Stage 3). But don’t worry! This is a good thing. Hysteria and Rhubarb! will return from their hiatuses next season (Torontoist is sad too, but we’ll manage) and some pretty exciting things are happening in their place. Not least of which are the remounts of three of Daniel MacIvor‘s one-man Da Da Kamera shows, beginning with Here Lies Henry, running through this Sunday.
These shows are Da Da Kamera’s last project before closing shop for good this spring, which means this is your last chance ever to see MacIvor perform Here Lies Henry, and you don’t want to miss it if you can avoid it. The titular Henry is a self-confessed pathological liar who goes about telling his story to the audience, along with “something they don’t know.” MacIvor delivers the kind of virtuoso performance audiences have come to expect from the writer/performer. His Henry is silly, sad, loveable, pathetic and joyful all at once. And director Daniel Brooks brings the kind of technical prowess to the show’s heavily atmospheric lighting and sound that makes you realise all over again how much theatre has the potential to do.
If you absolutely cannot make it to this show before it closes, do not despair completely! Da Da Kamera’s long goodbye continues with Monster in January and House in March. Buddies remains one of Toronto’s most relevant and creative theatre spaces and they are doing the city a huge favour by remounting these shows.