March 16 - April 14

One of our country’s most distinct and celebrated writers pens a darkly poetic love letter to love itself. From the underground nightclubs of Tokyo to the hallowed stages of Noh Theatre, a visiting Canadian author is pulled into a world of obsession, sex, and longing. The award-winning creative team behind Blasted and The Maids brings to life this thoughtful meditation on the many meanings of love and our place in it.

photo of Daniel MacIvor and Tyson James by Tanja-Tiziana.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents the World Premiere of

Arigato, Tokyo

by Daniel MacIvor
directed by Brendan Healy
starring Michael DufaysCara GeeTyson James and David Storch
set & costumes Julie Fox
lighting Kim Purtell
sound & music Richard Feren
choreography Hiroshi Miyamoto
dramaturgy Iris Turcott

photos by Jeremy Mimnagh

★★★★ (out of 4) “one of those unexpectedly unique evenings of theatre that we all hope for… a puzzle as artful as anything MacIvor has ever written”

-Toronto Star (Read Article)

★★★★★ (out of 5) “thoughtful, exquisite… one of the more impressive casts assembled on a Toronto stage in some time”

-Toronto Sun (Read Article)

“a very mysterious, sexy, aesthetically impeccable show”


“utterly compelling… an aesthetically rich and satisfyingly disquieting story about the unwavering, ubiquitous human desire to be with the wrong person.”

-Charlebois Post (Read Article)