Love is a Poverty You Can Sell (Soupcan Theatre) – 2010 Toronto Theatre Review

By Crystal Wood

I enjoyed Love is a Poverty You Can Sell until one of the actors got a concussion onstage. Okay, I enjoyed it after he got a concussion too, but I felt guilty about it.

I guess that just goes to show how into the performance these guys get. LIAPYCS is a cabaret-style show with a cast of 11 and a band of 10 (all squeezed into Bread & Circus’s small venue, if you can picture it.) They recreate a nightclub act circa 1930’s Berlin, with musical numbers from shows like Cabaret, Threepenny Opera, and Sweeney Todd. The numbers are broken up by two emcees, one of whom received the head injury during an onstage fight. (How are you doing, buddy? You okay?)

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Poison The Well (Elison Zasko) – 2010 Fringe Festival Toronto

By Adam Collier

A company called Elison Zasko is producing a play titled Poison The Well. It goes-up at the Annex Theatre, as part of Fringe in Toronto.

Before the lights went down in the intimate performance space, I struck-up a conversation with a nearby theatergoer. He was anticipating a good show, based on previous Fringe shows with these actors, Elison Zasko and Andrew Connor. Usually they do comedy, he said.

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2-Man No-Show-2 (ZeekTech Productions) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

2-Man No-Show-2 20 thumbs up! Oh, we don’t do thumbs up and even if we did, I only have two thumbs.

Did you see 2-Man No-Show at last year’s Fringe? If you did you’re probably already planning to see 2-Man No-Show-2 this year. If, like me, you didn’t see Isaac Kessler and Ken Hall last year make sure you see them this year.

I’ve seen the show described as vaudeville but I thought it was improv and sketch comedy. Bizarre, absurd premises. Very physical. Very very funny.

Kessler and Hall are brilliant. Not much else to say other than go see the show!

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Being At Home With Claude (Hirioc) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Adam Collier

As part of The Fringe, a festival of theatre that has been running in Toronto each summer for twenty-two years, Being At Home With Claude plays at the Tarragon Mainspace. A local company called Hirioc produces the show.

A character is onstage before the house lights go down. He appears in a daze, slowly wandering the space.

When the stage lights come-up that character is sitting, and two men are with him. One is standing. The other is working the keys of a stenograph machine.

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What to see at Toronto Fringe 2020 – Sunday July 4 – Fringe Buzz

By Sam Mooney

Wondering which Toronto Fringe shows to see?

We’re here to help. Usually I get my Fringe buzz from people in line but that hasn’t happened yet this year. Two reasons:

  • I seem to have been running late for everything so I haven’t actually has an opportunity to line up
  • Today is just too hot to troll line ups

I was in the line for Lucky 9 on Wednesday – right at the back – and ended up talking with Barry Smith (Me, My Stuff and I: A Multimedia Comedy) and Keir Cutler (Teaching Shakespeare) who were waiting to see Lucky 9. It seems to me that fringe performers waiting to see another fringe performer is a good sign. And Lucky 9 was terrific!

Here are the shows people are talking about on Twitter and in the comments on Mooney on Theatre.

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J.H. (Scribe and Shooter) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Crystal Wood

The good thing about J.H. is that the actors really give it their all. The other good thing is that you can order food and drinks before the show.

I’m afraid that’s all I can say about this play before I inspire people to angrily disagree in the comments below. Listen, I wanted to like this play. I was ready to see some drama after a day of watching comedies. I was intrigued by the idea of using T Cafe on Bloor Street as a venue. I even liked the menu that doubled as a playbill. But despite that, I left the show feeling unsatisfied by what I had just seen.

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(Sponsored Post) The Whores at Toronto and Hamilton Fringe

By Megan Mooney

At Mooney on Theatre we are grateful for the support from our sponsors. We hope that to reward their support of the arts in Toronto you go and check out their show.

I’m talking about The Whores at the Toronto Fringe Festival. The show has been getting some positive buzz. I am hearing great things and hope I get a chance to see it.

Darreck Chua, the president of the board for the Toronto Fringe Festival (aka, the Toronto Fringe God) named this one as a play to see.

And, an awesome added bonus, A portion of the proceeds from these performances will go to support Maggie’s Toronto, an advocacy group for sex workers.

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Short Story Long (A Literary Tour de Force)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Lucy Allen

Toronto Fringe contest winner shows some great performances and writing for the stage.

I’ll admit, after a full day of Fringing and walking around in the sun, my feet were dragging by 10:30 on my way to the Tarragon to see Short Story Long. Not only was it late, but it was listed as a drama and I prayed that I’d be able to keep my eyes open through the more serious subject matter. By the time the show finished though, I and every other audience member were more awake than ever. Continue reading Short Story Long (A Literary Tour de Force)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review