2016 Toronto Fringe Buzz

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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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 2016: Mooney on Theatre’s Hot Tickets

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Every Fringe, we ask our contributors to prepare a personal shortlist of the shows which interest, excite, titillate and intrigue them the most. And between our 24 Fringe writers, we’ve got a broad range of ages, tastes, expectations and interests: we’ve got retirees and college students, working theatre professionals and moms with “real jobs”, academics and burlesque performers.

Because of that breadth, we figure that, when a show appears on multiple shortlists, it’s probably gonna do pretty well — and if it appears on 8 or 9 or 12, it must have something truly special going on. Our Hot Tickets are those shows: the Fringe productions which attracted the most interest and attention from our staff.

Of interest: 8 out of our top 9 this year are #FringeFemmeTO, and most of them deal specifically with female characters, female experiences and female-focused stories. We aren’t the first to report it, but this is shaping up to be a banner year for women at Fringe!

Presented in no particular order:

Birthday Cake

When Sarah Marchand turned 13, she threw a party — and nobody came. In Birthday Cake, she revisits this moment in her childhood, telling the story and mining the experience for comedy, drama and pathos. There’s something deliciously askew about this production, like a Chuck E Cheese house band playing Helter Skelter. Our writer Catherine Jan is ready for her slice:

I got excited about seeing Birthday Cake because of the first line of the play description:

“On my 13th birthday, no one showed up.”

I knew this was the play for me because I’ve had my share of feeling left out. I’m ready to hear the character out. It’s hard being a 13-year-old girl, given our changing bodies, our need for friends’ approval on everything, our desire to be treated like adults.

Birthday Cake plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Ave.) between June 30 and July 10th. See bottom of article for ticketing information. Continue reading Fringe 2016: Mooney on Theatre’s Hot Tickets