Fringe Festival

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

Write for us! Coverage of the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival

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Mooney on Theatre is looking for folks to review shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival, which runs from July 5 – 16, 2017.

In many ways, Fringe Festivals embody what Mooney on Theatre holds dear: making theatre more accessible. The Fringe features inexpensive shows attended by a wide range of people, many of whom are not theatregoers the rest of the year.

With this in mind, we put an intense amount of effort into providing as much coverage of the Toronto Fringe Festival as we can. To get an idea of what that coverage looks like, check out the Fringe Festival category on this site.

Among other things, this coverage includes reviewing each show in a relatively substantive way by the end of the first weekend. This task takes a lot of writers. Each year, to make it happen, we bring on additional contributors. Maybe this year that will be you.

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Mooney on Theatre’s Most-Read Reviews for the 2016 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 148 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 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival

A Look at Visual Fringe – 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival

While you’re busy checking out show after show at the Toronto Fringe (check out our writers’ top picks, and our reviews of every show), don’t forget to stop by the Fringe Club (the last time in the alley behind Honest Ed’s! So sad!) for great beer, great food, a water bottle refill, and to satiate your shopping bug. Visual Fringe, which take up the white tents in the Fringe Club, are full of works from amazing local artisans that you can purchase and take home right on the spot.

This year’s Visual Fringe features Chained Creativity by Michelle Dawn Proirier, Scotch/Rye by Stephanie Ward, Psycho Shark Club by James Taylor, Happy Your Heart by Anna Tai, and the artwork of Biljana K Carter among others.

Check under the cut for more photos.

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Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe Ticket Giveaways for Shows on Friday, July 8th!

fringe-for-free-graphicAlas, Fringers, all good things must come to an end. Today marks our very last Fringe-for-Free giveaway, and our very last five shows on offer. We’ve really had a blast giving back to our readers with these Fringe contests, and we hope you’ve been having as much fun as we have!

We’ve saved a bunch of really incredible shows for last, from surrealist romances to psychic readings to Shakespearian adaptations. They all play on Friday, July 8th, so click “read more” to find out a little more about them!

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Let’s Travel in Time (My Theatre Company) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo from Let's Travel in Time provided by the company.

Let’s Travel in Time, currently playing at the Fringe Club, is an unabashed parody of that special subsection in science fiction where an over-confident time traveler and his exasperated companion goes on adventures together throughout time and space. This production may be messy, irreverent, and ridiculous, but it is also one of the most hilarious experiences I’ve had at Fringe so far.

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FRINGE FOR FREE! TORONTO FRINGE TICKET GIVEAWAYS FOR SHOWS ON THURSDAY, JULY 7TH!

Fringe For Free GraphicWe’re rounding into the last stretch of the Toronto Fringe Festival but that won’t stop our promise of five pairs of tickets to five different shows each day of the festival!

So without further ado, let’s get into it! Today we’re giving away tickets to shows playing on THURSDAY, JULY 7. In this collection of shows we have everything from sex ed to life in hell to imagined trysts with Keira Knightley!

Click the Read More link to find out how to enter.

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Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe Ticket Giveaways for Shows on Wednesday, July 6th!

Fringe For Free GraphicGood evening, people of Fringe! This is a special late-night edition of Fringe for Free, or — as we call it internally — the “someone forgot he had contests to post and wound up in a 14-hour rehearsal, didn’t he” edition. To commemorate this special occasion, we’ll be holding these contests open an extra few hours, so they close at 11:00 PM instead of the usual 7:00.

But beyond that, it’s the same as always: five hot shows, free tickets to each, and all you need to do to win is send us an email. Enter one, enter all five, tell your friends, and see some theatre!

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Mooney on Theatre Recommends – 2016 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 148 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 Tuesday, July 5th!

fringe-for-free-graphicWe’re nearly at the halfway point of the festival. Has your schedule changed? Have you heard through the grapevine about that one show whose title you never gave a second look, only to hear it’s now the hit of the season? Are you frantically trying to arrange your schedule around all the quality theatre you’ve been hearing tell about, and pointedly ignoring your bank account balance? (Is that just me?)

Well, we’re here as usual to make things a little easier for you with free tickets to five Fringe shows playing on Tuesday. We’re giving out tickets to five shows for every day of the festival, so be sure to check back every day! In the meantime, click “Read More” for the contest rules, times and descriptions of the 5 incredible shows we’ve got lined up for Tuesday, July 5th!

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