The Man That Got Away (A Special Appearance)
December 10–18, 2022

Please, stay with me, ‘til after the holidays
That’s when I need you so.
Just say you’ll wait, ‘til after the holidays
Then I can let you go”

a Buddies in Bad Times Theatre production

How do we reinhabit the stories that make us who we are? How do those who’ve left us continue to inhabit us? In an intimate performance weaving together music, confessionals, and personal archives, Martin Julien unmaps, through space and time, his queer upbringing as the child of a lesbian mother and gay father in mid-20th-century Toronto. 

Exploding the cabaret form, The Man That Got Away grapples with the layers of our performed identities and the plurality of ways that we ‘come out.’ Family secrets, shared histories, and the musical theatre canon come together in this gesture towards a space of liberation, memory, desire, and truth.

photo of Martin Julien by Dylan Mitro, styling by Cat Calica, hair and makeup by Robert Weir
graphic design by Awake Studio

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*Showtimes have shifted from the original run due to an illness in the creative team*

Friday, December 9 // 7:30PM (preview)

Saturday, December 10 // 7:30PM (opening night)
Sunday, December 11 // 2PM†

Tuesday, December 13 // 7:30PM*
Wednesday, December 14 // 2PM + 7:30PM°
Thursday, December 15 // 7:30PM
Friday, December 16 // 7:30PM**
Saturday, December 17 // 2PM + 7:30PM
Sunday, December 18 // 2PM


°Reduced-capacity performance, proof of vaccination required. See “accessibility” tab for more information.

†Relaxed performance. See “accessibility” tab for more information.

*The performance on Tuesday, December 13 will be a benefit performance in support of Casey House, a specialty hospital in Toronto providing ground-breaking care to people living with and at risk of HIV. All tickets for this performance are $40.

**Deaf-interpreted performance in ASL. See “accessibility” tab for more information.

Martin Julien // playwright + performer
Peter Hinton-Davis // director
Ben Page // performer
Tat Austrie // performer
Monice Peter // assistant director + dramaturg
Fiona Jones // stage manager
Stephen Woodjetts // musical arrangements + consultation
Sean Mulcahy // set + costume design
Bonnie Beecher // lighting design
HAUI // video design
Wayne Hawthorne // sound design


December 11, 7:30PM: Relaxed performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including house lights being left on at a low level, more freedom to come and go from the space, and an alternate space to take a break from the show.

Reduced Capacity Performance

December 14, 7:30PM: The capacity of the house will be reduced to 50% of its usual total. This smaller-capacity performance is scheduled with immuno-compromised audience members in mind, as well as those who do not yet feel comfortable in a full theatre. Please note audience members will be asked to provide proof of vaccination at reduced capacity performances.

Deaf-interpreted performance in ASL

December 16, 7:30PM will feature ASL-interpretation by Deaf interpreters Courage Bacchus and Juan Jaramillo.  Patrons can book $5 tickets in advance using the code “ASL5” at checkout.

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Dates & Times

December 9

Show Run
December 10 – 18
Tue-Sat 7:30PM
Sat, Sun, + Wed 2PM



For each of our mainstage shows this season, we’re offering tickets at a range of price points, though seating is general admission, and every seat is just as good as the next. If cost is a barrier, this is your chance to get an affordable ticket. If you are able to pay more, this is your change to increase your support for the work onstage and ensure it stays affordable for those who need it.

Covid Safety

Please note that we continue to ask all patrons, artists, and staff to mask while in the space. In addition, audience members will be asked to provide proof of vaccination at reduced capacity performances (December 6+14).

For more information on our COVID safety measures, click here.

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