Fringe Festival

A collection of everything to do with the Toronto Fringe Festival, including reviews, features, press releases etc.

Rise/Fall (Malcontent Theatre Company) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

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A site-specific show, Rise/Fall produced by Malcontent Theatre Company is playing at the 2017 Toronto Fringe. A small and inexperienced military group come face to face with their morality as they defend the wall from those on the other side. The audience, split by a wall, witnesses the effects of segregation in a Toronto dystopia. Continue reading Rise/Fall (Malcontent Theatre Company) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Mooney on Theatre’s Most-Read Reviews for the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

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Before the start of the Toronto Fringe Festival we told you about some of the shows that were most popular amongst our staff. Then, after reviewing all 160 shows in this year’s festival we shared our list of the shows we recommend.

Now it’s your turn; we reveal the list of our readers’ most buzzed about shows based on the popularity of their Mooney on Theatre reviews. So here’s the list of the top ten (ish) most-read Fringe reviews on Mooney on Theatre this year**: Continue reading Mooney on Theatre’s Most-Read Reviews for the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

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 THURSDAY, JULY 13TH

Fringe For Free GraphicWe’re coming up to the last stretch for the Toronto Fringe Festival this year. And while we are sad to think of the festival being nearly done, there’s no time to lament. There’s still plenty of theatre to be seen and some of it even for free with out Fringe for Free contest!

By now you should know the drill: four shows, a pair of tickets to each up for grabs. Today we’re drawing for shows playing on Thursday July 13. Want to enter? Of course you do! Check under the cut to find out how and which shows are up for grabs. Happy Fringe-ing!

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Mooney on Theatre Recommends – 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

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This past weekend Mooney on Theatre sent its dedicated team of 30 writers and editors to cover all 160 shows in this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival! With the sheer number of shows available at the festival, picking the ones you want to see can be a daunting task.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of shows and you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve asked our staff to tell us about their favourite shows they’ve seen at this year’s festival. We hope our staff picks can help you navigate the Fringe.

If you’ve seen something you think is amazing that you think others should go see please let us know by leaving a comment.

And don’t forget to check out our complete list of Fringe reviews, Fringe Buzz features and our daily free ticket giveaways.

Happy Fringing!

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FRINGE FOR FREE! TORONTO FRINGE TICKET GIVEAWAYS FOR SHOWS ON Wednesday, July 12

Fringe For Free GraphicAs we approach the end of an intense Fringe week—are you ready for a nap? We’re ready for a nap!—it’s time to get in those last few shows you’ve been craving or are perhaps just curious about!

We’re passionate about getting people into seats, and about keeping theatre in Toronto as accessible as possible. Not everyone has wads of disposable income to spend on endless productions. Toronto is expensive!

Luckily, we’re here to help! We’ve got free tickets to five Fringe shows playing on Sunday, July 12th! Just click “Read More” for the contest rules, times, and descriptions of the 5 incredible shows we’ve got lined up for Sunday, July 12th!

Don’t forget! We’re giving out FREE tickets for every day of the festival, so be sure to check back every day!

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The Clergy Project (SOULO Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Reverend Shawn Newton and Father Daniel Brereton by Dahlia Katz

The Clergy Project, produced by SOULO Theatre, playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, tells us religion is theatre. Most familiar with both would probably agree. Both have narrative, thematic importance, and the whole range of human drama and emotion. Because truth can be stranger and more compelling than fiction, having a range of religious leaders tell us stories from their life’s work is rife with dramatic possibility. The project’s three clergy, Reform Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Unitarian Reverend Shawn Newton, and Anglican Father Daniel Brereton, all trailblazers in their own right, share what calls them to the pulpit. As a very lapsed Jew, I wasn’t expecting this show to strike a major chord with me, let alone wreck me emotionally. Call me a convert, because it did.

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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

“Am I Pretty Now?”: A musical romp through plastic surgery (Stephanie Herrera) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Stephanie Herrera in"Am I Pretty Now?": A romp through plastic surgery, playing at the 2017 Toronto Fringe

If someone asked you to go with them to see a musical about plastic surgery, you’d be forgiven for thinking “Huh?! Sounds pretty weird but what the heck, it’s Fringe, I’ll go.” And that would be the right decision! “Am I Pretty Now?”: A musical romp through plastic surgery (Stephanie Herrera), playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, is wonderful. At the end of the show the man sitting next to me turned to the woman he was with and said “Wow! That was great.” which pretty much summed up what I was thinking. Continue reading “Am I Pretty Now?”: A musical romp through plastic surgery (Stephanie Herrera) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

How Did You Find Me Here? (Alchemistic Theatre Company) 2017 Fringe Review

Brendan Chandler in the show How Did You Find Me Here?How Did You Find Me Here? is a play by Alchemistic Theatre Company in the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. It is an intriguing piece of visual theatre about an Aboriginal male who confronts his cultural heritage for the first time in 25 years. Brendan Chandler, as Bear, and Jessica Bowmer, as Shadow, create a striking presence in this performance, and seem to be personifications of something much larger than themselves. Continue reading How Did You Find Me Here? (Alchemistic Theatre Company) 2017 Fringe Review