The live stage premiere of Fatuma Adar’s unforgettable show She’s Not Special will premier at the Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace, 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!”

Wednesday, May 24 at 8 pm [Opening night]
Thursday, May 25 at 8 pm 
Friday, May 26 at 9 pm [Black Out Night: Black Out Night is a performance for Black audiences that invites Black theatre-going communities to experience a show for them, by them.]
Saturday, May 27 at 9 pm 
Sunday, May 28 at 2:30 pm 

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 or by calling the Tarragon Theatre’s box office at 416-531-1827.

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