Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Nightwood Theatre and Tarragon Theatre Present SHE'S NOT SPECIAL at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, May 24-28

Fatuma Adar is on a mission to free you from the clutches of exceptionalism and teach you how to relish in the joys of mediocrity.

Nightwood Theatre and Tarragon Theatre Present SHE'S NOT SPECIAL at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, May 24-28

Nightwood Theatre and Tarragon Theatre present the live stage premiere of Fatuma Adar's unforgettable show She's Not Special at Tarragon Theatre's Mainspace Theatre, May 24-28, 2023.

Co-directed by Adar (Playback's Artist to Watch) and Graham Isador (The Beaverton, VICE), She's Not Special combines musical theatre and comedic storytelling to explore the pressures of Black Excellence. As a Black Muslim Woman (a triple threat!) Fatuma is on a mission to free you from the clutches of exceptionalism and teach you how to relish in the joys of mediocrity.

After a critically acclaimed digital run at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, She's Not Special returns to the stage LIVE! (Still, Adar hopes that you come with only moderate expectations... thanks.)

Fatuma Adar is a Somali-Canadian writer based in Toronto. She was long-listed in CBC's Creative Nonfiction Prize and profiled in Up Close: Young Black Women Making Canada Better. In 2017, she joined the third cohort of The Bars Workshop at The Public Theater in New York City. Her work has been featured in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Maclean's and an anthology entitled Black Writers Matter published by the University of Regina Press. Her musical Dixon Road took home the 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical.

Co-directors Fatuma and Graham share, "Leave expectations at the door. We are not putting on a play, we are throwing a party. This is a concert, comedy show, and confessional all in one. Come celebrate your mediocrity with us!"

Tarragon's Artistic Director, Mike Payette says, "I fell in love with She's Not Special from the very first frame of the filmed experience. Fatuma's journey is immediately identifiable and took me on an emotional roller coaster that had me laughing out loud to digging deep into my own intersectionality. I'm so honoured to share her work and story with Nightwood in its first live offering (finally!) that promises to be an unforgettable moment for all who are fortunate to experience it."

Nightwood Theatre's Artistic Director, Andrea Donaldson shares, "She's Not Special was an instant yes in our season - and we're thrilled to be collaborating as co-presenters with Tarragon. Fatuma and Graham are an incredible duo who know what they want and bring huge love and talent to all they do. This show is about to explode."

Just in time for the holidays, tickets will go live for She's Not Special on November 30, 2022.

Tickets range from $15-30 with Arts worker, Students and limited Rush discounts available. Plus $20 tickets for the Black Out performance. Tarragon subscription holders can purchase a ticket as an "Add On" to their current subscription. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.tarragontheatre.com or by calling the Tarragon Theatre's box office at 416-531-1827.

Due to the intimate nature of Tarragon's theatre spaces, all patrons, staff and volunteers must continue to wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin while in the Mainspace or Extraspace. Requests for medical exemptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.



Rick Miller Returns to Grand Theatre with Explosive Multimedia Show: BOOM X Photo
Following his smash-hit performance of BOOM in 2015, award-winning, multi-talented Rick Miller returns to the Grand Theatre with his highly-anticipated sequel production: BOOM X.  Miller takes on the roles of writer, director, and performer in this international hit show, which utilizes a variety of dynamic, multimedia elements to bring the music, politics, and culture of Generation X to life. 

Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk Retires After 25 Years in November 2023 Photo
Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, announced that Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk will retire after 25 years with The National Ballet of Canada in November of 2023. Stanczyk will dance in the company’s upcoming Winter and Summer Seasons and his farewell performances will take place in the Fall Season during the 2023/24 season.  

Review: Mozarts Beloved Comic Opera THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Takes A Gloriously Chaotic Turn Photo
The Canadian Opera Company presents this production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, originally created by the Salzburg Festival, as part of its 2023 season. Directed here by Claus Guth, some of Mozart's most recognizable operatic works come to life through the COC Orchestra, conducted by Harry Bicket.

Storytelling Toronto Presents SWEAT, February 18 Photo
Acclaimed Storyteller Sheila Arnold (VA., US) returns to Toronto to present the world premier of Sweat – a ground-breaking short story by Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient Zora Neale Hurston, where 1920s feminism comes to fruition in the heart of the Harlem Renaissance. The piece is beautifully complemented with original musical composition and arrangement by Yorkville favourite and adult contemporary/soul musician John Campbell.


More Hot Stories For You


Rick Miller Returns to Grand Theatre with Explosive Multimedia Show: BOOM XRick Miller Returns to Grand Theatre with Explosive Multimedia Show: BOOM X
February 3, 2023

Following his smash-hit performance of BOOM in 2015, award-winning, multi-talented Rick Miller returns to the Grand Theatre with his highly-anticipated sequel production: BOOM X.  Miller takes on the roles of writer, director, and performer in this international hit show, which utilizes a variety of dynamic, multimedia elements to bring the music, politics, and culture of Generation X to life. 

Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk Retires After 25 Years in November 2023Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk Retires After 25 Years in November 2023
February 3, 2023

Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, announced that Principal Dancer Piotr Stanczyk will retire after 25 years with The National Ballet of Canada in November of 2023. Stanczyk will dance in the company’s upcoming Winter and Summer Seasons and his farewell performances will take place in the Fall Season during the 2023/24 season.  

Storytelling Toronto Presents SWEAT, February 18Storytelling Toronto Presents SWEAT, February 18
February 2, 2023

Acclaimed Storyteller Sheila Arnold (VA., US) returns to Toronto to present the world premier of Sweat – a ground-breaking short story by Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient Zora Neale Hurston, where 1920s feminism comes to fruition in the heart of the Harlem Renaissance. The piece is beautifully complemented with original musical composition and arrangement by Yorkville favourite and adult contemporary/soul musician John Campbell.

THE RHUBARB FESTIVAL Is Back At Buddies For A 44th EditionTHE RHUBARB FESTIVAL Is Back At Buddies For A 44th Edition
February 1, 2023

Canada's longest-running new works festival is back for its 44th year this February. In a new four-day format, The Rhubarb Festival transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation, exploring new possibilities in art-making and performance.

Aluna Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille Present RUBBLE, On Stage February 25 - March 18Aluna Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille Present RUBBLE, On Stage February 25 - March 18
January 31, 2023

In late February, Aluna Theatre and  Theatre Passe Muraille partner on the co-production RUBBLE by playwright Suvendrini Lena, on stage February 25 – March 18 in the Passe Muraille Mainspace. (Media night: Thursday, March 2)