About the Show
bittergirl is a darkly hysterical romp through the lives of three women and the men who dumped them.
Annabel got publicly dumped in a restaurant and promptly became a bittergirl. Mary Francis is a bittergirl because chocolate is fattening, because she's never had a tan and because he dumped her before she dumped him. Alison was a poor, broken down single mum until she found salvation in a pair of strappy sandals and a classy evening gown and wrote bittergirl with Annabel and Mary Francis.
Collectively, the bittergirls have been dumped 57 times. Does this make them losers? No - it made them qualified to write this play.
Please visit the official website at www.thebittergirls.com
In 1999 three women, all writers and actors - one divorced, one just dumped by her longtime live-in and one facing yet another failed short-term romance - met in Toronto. They decided to start holding weekly writing meetings for inspiration and motivation. Over endless cups of coffee the talk at the meetings inevitably turned to relationships and bad break-up stories. So the girls took their outrageous, sometimes unbelievable, experiences of getting dumped and, a few meetings and some pretty funny writing later, they realized they had the makings of a play. Quicker than you can say "It's not you, it's me", the smash hit play bittergirl was conceived and the bittergirls were born.
Dressed in snappy black cocktail gowns with martinis in hand (if they were going to write a show sprung from misery, they were going to look good performing it), the bittergirls have toured to London England (Tristan Bates Theatre) and New York City for showcase performances (John Houseman Theatre) and have had three successful sold-out runs in Toronto (twice at Tim Simms Playhouse and a 12 week run at The Pilot Cabaret Space).
They've gone from being nodding acquaintances to finishing each other's sentences. The bittergirls have had drinks named after them, audiences arrive at the show dressed like them and their exes have lined up to claim the most outrageous dumpings in the show as their own.
Since 1999 the bittergirls have been covered extensively in the media, appearing on/in over 100s of media outlets from publications to television shows - everything from The Toronto Star to CBC Newsworld. They have offered advice on television and radio, in line at the grocery store, and in the waiting room of their OB/GYN. Everywhere they go they hear the same words: "Are you the bittergirls? Well let me tell you my story..."
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"...something of a cult...broke all attendance records and sold out its 8 week run. Now bittergirl is back by popular demand." - The Toronto Star (Toronto, Canada)
"A sellout success!" - Toronto Life Magazine (Toronto, Canada)
"We say go for it. bittergirl rules...the hilarious music-charged piece...for lovers of Sex and the City, bittergirl's take on dating and dumping is even more fun." - NOW Magazine (Toronto, Canada)
"A hyper-kinetic, interactive journey...at this show, bitterness is not only encouraged, it's celebrated as a necessary rite of passage." - The National Post (Toronto/National, Canada)
"(Has that) extra zing...shoots like a hypodermic needle beneath the comic skin the show so cleverly wears." - NOW Magazine (Toronto, Canada)
"We're not laughing at these silly woman and men, we're laughing at ourselves. And that can feel pretty good." - The Toronto Star (Toronto, Canada)
"Go see bittergirl! They're having a blast dredging up their own - and others' - painful experience of heartbreak...they're getting the last laugh and sharing it with an audience...these women are fabulous - what idiot would dump them?" - NOW Magazine (Toronto, Canada)