Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of May 3, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

Our cheap Toronto theatre picks for this week have been inspired by none other than our very own editor, Miss Megan Mooney. Every week, Megan highlights the shows that she’s most excited about seeing in our weekly eye-catching theatre listings. (And if she could clone herself 500 times over, she would see them all!). I’ve decided to further highlight her choices by choosing the least expensive of Megan’s selections and sharing them with you in this week’s Five for Twenty (Or Less) post. So, grab a little cash (we promise, you’ll only need a little!), and see cheap theatre that makes Megan’s heart flutter into a flurry of excitement! Enjoy! Continue reading Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of May 3, 2010

Review: Maravilla – Second City

by Lucy Allen

Second City Toronto Comedy Show Entertaining for Entire Family and Then Some!

So you want to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of theatre but you realize that Hamlet is not exactly up their alley. On the other hand, kid-friendly entertainment has a way of being excruciating for parents to sit through. Well, worry not, for Second City has provided Maravilla, a family show that everyone will enjoy. And believe me, it’s not a show to be missed. Continue reading Review: Maravilla – Second City

Toronto theatre contest -win a pair of tickets to 'Death and the Maiden'

This week enter to win a pair of free tickets to the Friday night opening performance of Death and the Maiden playing at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

Death and the Maiden ,a mystery thriller brought to us by Osculum Productions will be running from Friday May 7th until May 15th . Show times are Monday through Saturday at 8:00pm with two matinees Sunday May 9th and Saturday May 15th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $40- $50 and can be purchased at the box office by calling 416.366.7723, or online at www.stlc.com.

Or, just be the 13th person to contact us here at contests@mooneyontheatre.com quoting the subject line ‘Death and the Maiden for your chance to win.

And to get more information about this play read excerpts from the press release below or visit www.stlc.com

Good Luck!

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Review: Mamma Mia! – Mirvish

By Ryan Kerr

Mirvish has brought Mamma Mia! the musical back to eager Toronto theatre audiences

You’ve seen the movie. You’ve heard the music. Mamma Mia! has been a sensation since it opened in London’s West-End. But Toronto’s relationship to this blockbuster musical has always been, well, personal.

The first North American city to mount this ABBA-inspired spectacle, Toronto was the incubator for the original Broadway production and at least one touring cast, hosting the successful phenomenon for just over 5 years.

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The Buzz Festival – Theatre Passe Muraille

By Adam Collier

Theatre Passe Muraille runs a show of works-in-development that it calls the Buzz Festival. “Rather than theatre developing in isolation” an opening note in the program reads, “artists are given the opportunity to incorporate audience feedback into the development of their work.”

Maybe because of this – though I’m not sure it’s a requirement – the creator of each work is also one of its performers or director (or both).

On the night I went (Tuesday) four works went up on the stage. Each was about twenty-minutes long. They ranged vastly in style and material.

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Making the arts riskier, not broader-based – a call to arms by Michael Kaiser

By Megan Mooney

Should Toronto theatres be producing edgier content given current economic realities?

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has a great article by Sally Kalson about taking risks in the arts during challenging economic times.

Here’s an excerpt, a quote from Michael Kaiser (president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.) as part of his Arts in Crisis project.

“Too many groups have reacted to the economy by cutting programming and marketing, which is suicide. It cuts the size of your family. Or they do more ‘accessible’ things that are boring and less interesting to donors and audiences. What they should be doing is riskier, exciting programs, if not now then three, four or five years down the road.

“I do all my arts planning five years ahead,” he said. “It gives me time to find the money and educate audiences to want to see the work.”

Take a minute to go read the whole article at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. It’s a good read, and it’s poking my brain awake. Wondering what all that poking has resulted in? Well, let me tell you…

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of April 26, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

This week, we feature free Toronto theatre – yes, that’s right: all of our cheap Toronto theatre picks for this week cost nothing at all (well, one costs next to nothing, but it’s worth it!). We also suggest theatre-ish experiences, rather than the usual play. Comedy, readings and talent shows all qualify as theatre in their own way, and they should not be forsaken. Toronto has so much to offer by way of all shows that we figured we should highlight some non-traditional free theatre in the hopes that you will attend one or two of our suggestions, and then keep on going back for more. Enjoy!

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Toronto theatre contest -win a pair of tickets to 'The Queens'

Lies, scandal, royalty and great Canadian Theatre!

This Thursday win a pair of tickets to go see The Queens at Alumnae Theatre. This show will be playing Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:00. Tickets are $20 and PWYC (pay what you can) on Sundays, they can be purchased by contacting the box office at (416) 364-4170 or by email at reservations@alumnaetheatre.com.

Or, if you’re feeling lucky be the 13th person to contact us here at contests@mooneyontheatre.com quoting the subject line The Queens. The winner will be announced Wednesday so good luck!

For more information about this acclaimed play please read excerpts from the press release below and visit Alumnae Theatre

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