Gertrude & Alice at Buddies

by Justin Haley


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre kicks of its 40th anniversary season this September with the return of an audience favourite, Gertrude and Alice, originally co-produced by Buddies and the Independent Aunties in 2016. Critically-acclaimed, nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards (outstanding new play, performance – ensemble, and costume design), and recently published by Playwrights Canada Press, this beloved story of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas returns to the Buddies stage with a new production design by celebrated visual artist Sherri Hay.

Visiting the audience in the present day, contentious and influential writer Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, come to find out how history has treated them. The couple recounts stories of their 40-year marriage, of meetings with iconic artists and writers, of their taste-making collection of early modernist paintings, and of Alice’s overwhelming, consuming devotion to Gertrude’s genius.

Conceived and created by the Independent Aunties, Gertrude and Alice is written and performed by Anna Chatterton and Buddies artistic director Evalyn Parry and directed and dramaturged by Karin Randoja.

Runs until October 7th

Tues-Sat 8pm, Sun 2:30pm

Tickets: PWYC - $40

Box Office 416-975-8555 or

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto ON