All posts by Lin Young

Lin Young is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Queen’s University by day, an insatiable theatre-goer by night. She truly loves seeing innovative indie theatre, the strange sort of hole-in-the-wall shows that big companies would never take a risk on. She’s seen plays in basements, gardens, bars, and in old dilapidated houses, to name a few. She’s always on the lookout for the next theatrical experiment in the city, and loves seeing shows that have some quality of fantasy, historicity, or strangeness to them – especially if they involve puppets! She tweets about theatre, comics and the 19th century at @linkeepsitreal.

Review: Fun Home (Mirvish/The Musical Stage Co.)

Mirvish brings the Tony Award winning new musical Fun Home to Toronto audiences

Fun Home, currently playing at the CAA Theatre, is one of those musicals that defies easy description. It’s so full of contradictions. At once funny and heartbreaking, uplifting and tragic, elegant and chaotic, it nevertheless balances all of these elements with expert precision and utter commitment to all of the messy, complex layers of its central plot: a lesbian cartoonist attempts to draw a true, authentic portrayal of her gay father, and in doing so must confront the fact that he killed himself a mere four months after she came out to her family.

Simply put, Fun Home feels like something new and innovative in the musical theatre world, and has since it originally opened on Broadway. This Canadian production absolutely upholds the reputation of the multi-award winning show (which includes the 2015 Tony for Best Musical). Continue reading Review: Fun Home (Mirvish/The Musical Stage Co.)

2018 Next Stage Theatre Review: Rumspringa Break! (Marigon Productions)

Rumspringa Break! is a lot like if Little Shop of Horrors, Book of Mormon and Sound of Music had some sort of polyamorous lovechild. Take two Amish girls determined to see the world before committing to their faith once and for all, add in the gritty city and an illegal weed growing operation, and the result is Rumspringa Break!, a new musical currently playing as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Continue reading 2018 Next Stage Theatre Review: Rumspringa Break! (Marigon Productions)

2018 Next Stage Theatre Review: Swordplay (Sex T-Rex)

Photo #2- Julian Frid, Conor Bradbury, Kaitlin MorrowBy this point, I’ve practically made a career of seeing and reviewing Sex T-Rex’s fantasy parody epic Swordplay, which is currently playing at the Factory Theatre as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. It’s the sort of play I saw initially at Fringe 2015, then took a friend to see, then bought tickets for my mother to see (conveniently with me), etc. Turns out, I’m still finding excuses to see this wild, chaotic, hilarious rush of a play again and again.

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Review: A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper)

Christmas CarolSoulpepper’s annual Christmas Carol returns to the Toronto stage

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and a regular army of Dickensian ghosts have begun to haunt the city–specifically, those of Christmases Past, Present and Future, found in a myriad of Christmas Carol adaptations across Toronto. When it comes to Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story and moral fable, Soulpepper‘s annual adaptation is a dependable tradition down in the Distillery District. And for good reason. Continue reading Review: A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper)

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mirvish)

Fabulously staged Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to the Toronto stage

When you enter the Princess of Wales theatre for Mirvish’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, you’re essentially walking into a giant cube made up of grids and pinpoints of light. Everything is mathematically precise, with the entire world of the stage sectioned off into regimented squares and shapes. This is the world of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old math genius who has what the book the play is based on describes as “behavioural difficulties.” Continue reading Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mirvish)

Review: Arabella (Canadian Opera Company)

Canadian Opera Company brings shades of grey to Arabella on the Toronto stage

The final collaboration of Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Arabella is either a deceptively grim meditation on love in society, a typical comedy of manners, a proto-feminist parable of the volatile position of women in the marriage market, or a light and frothy romance. Sometimes it can be all of these things at once. I’m not entirely sure which The Canadian Opera Company‘s adaptation of Strauss’ Arabella wants to be — but that very ambiguity is what makes it interesting. Continue reading Review: Arabella (Canadian Opera Company)

Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe Ticket Giveaways for Shows on Friday, July 14

Fringe For Free Graphic We’re almost at the end of the festival, and this is (sadly) the last day of contests from us here at Mooney on Theatre! Hopefully you’ve had time to see most of the shows you want, but just in case, we’ve got six final shows that might strike your fancy! Check ’em out beneath the cut and make some plans for Friday, July 14th!

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Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe Ticket Giveaways for Shows on Tuesday, July 11th

Fringe For Free GraphicAs the Toronto Fringe Festival rolls merrily along, we hope you’ve had time to take in a wide variety of shows, from the immersive plays to the dance showcases to the sketch comedy shows!

With such a wide variety to choose from thanks to the 160-show output this year, you almost certainly haven’t seen everything worth seeing yet. That’s where we come in: below the cut, we’ve got five more shows up for grabs for Tuesday, July 11th! Continue reading Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe Ticket Giveaways for Shows on Tuesday, July 11th

Special Constables (Greenline Theatre and Circlesnake Productions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of cast members Connor Bradbury, Daniel Pagett, and Mikaela Dyke

From deep, deep within the dark zones of the Toronto subway system, a (literal) underground revolution is brewing, fronted by a metropass counterfeiting ring that puts Toronto’s commuters in mild danger of delay. There’s only one team capable of putting on the breaks: the (technically disbanded) TTC transit police. These Special Constables, if you will, are here to save the city at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival—but the conspiracy goes even deeper than you might think. Continue reading Special Constables (Greenline Theatre and Circlesnake Productions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Kara Sevda (Now What Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of Tierney Nolen from Kara Sevda

It’s the end of the world, and two strangers find themselves sharing a bench in a train station, waiting for the lottery that will decide who gets to take the last train south from Paris. In Now What Theatre‘s Kara Sevda, playing as part of the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival, the question is not so much if the world is ending, but what it means to keep surviving. Continue reading Kara Sevda (Now What Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review