The Catering Queen – Catering Queen Co-op

By Crystal WoodDSC_0488
 

 

 

The Catering Queen, playing at Tarragon Extra Space, feels like it should be required viewing for anyone who works in the arts.

Playwright Alison Lawrence (who also plays the lead character Mel) freely admits the show’s subject matter is drawn from her own life. It revolves around a group of people who work as caterers while pursuing their artistic dreams, a job Lawrence herself held for several years.

Continue reading The Catering Queen – Catering Queen Co-op

My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding – the CTV story

So, you’ve heard on this blog about how a show we loved (check out the review from when it was at Fringe) was picked up by Mirvish. The theatre version of a fairy tale I suppose…

Well, if you want some more back story on it check out the feature piece on the Mirvish production of My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding on W5. Then, when you’ve watched that, check out the second part, where they talk about opening night. 

Enjoy!

Palace of the End- Alumnae Theatre

by Lucy Allen

(from left to right) Laura Vincent, Christopher Kelk and Sochi Fried in Palace of the End 2009

If you go to see Alumnae Theatre’s Palace of the End, don’t expect to leave feeling happy. The effectively staged show will leave you more than a little devastated. Thankfully, I knew what to expect from a Judith Thompson play.

Thompson’s play is a collection of three monologues, each focusing on different aspects of the war in Iraq. The three stories, told by a pregnant soldier (Laura Vincent), a weapons expert (Christopher Kelk) and an Iraqi mother (Sochi Fried) are all based on real people, making the stories that much more haunting and potent.

The show is incredibly well put together. All actors are involved in the monologues, whether by speaking them or supporting them from the background. One of my favourite uses of this was having two of the actors be trees, swaying in the background, giving a real sense of place.

Continue reading Palace of the End- Alumnae Theatre

"The Weeping Salsa" Contest for Two Free Tickets!

contestwebgraphicgenericCongratulations to Kate Daly who is this weeks contest winner!!

Kate and a lucky guest will be going to see tomorrows performance of Zocalo Toronto’s “The Weeping Salsa” by Vladimir Jon Cubrt. For your chance to win tickets to some of Toronto’s amazing theatre all you need to do is be the lucky 13th person to contact us at contests@mooneyontheatre.com quoting the weeks contest subject line. Check back Monday to find out what’s in store.

Also you can catch “The Weeping Salsa” Tuesday through Sunday at The Theatre Centre at 7:30, Sunday Matinee at 2:00 pm November 22nd and November 29th. Tickets are just $20 and the Sunday Matinee is PWYC (Pay What You Can). For ticket information visit Zocalo Toronto, or to learn more about this fantastic play read details from the press release below.

Good Luck!

Continue reading "The Weeping Salsa" Contest for Two Free Tickets!

"The Weeping Salsa" Contest and Free Tickets!

contestwebgraphicgeneric

Do you have plans for Thursday? Enter this week’s contest for the chance to win two free tickets!

Dance, love and power are essential themes in Zocalo Toronto’s presentation of “The Weeping Salsa” by Vladimir Jon Cubrt. Be the lucky 13th person to contact us at contests@mooneyontheatre.com quoting the subject line “The Weeping Salsa”. You have until noon Wednesday so do not delay.

If perhaps you are out of town or have never been very lucky, you can also catch the play Tuesday through Sunday at The Theatre Centre at 7:30, Sunday Matinee at 2:00 pm November 22nd and November 29th. Tickets are just $20 and Sunday Matinee is PWYC (Pay What You Can). For ticket information visit Zocalo Toronto, or to learn more about this fantastic play read details from the press release below.

Good Luck!

Continue reading "The Weeping Salsa" Contest and Free Tickets!

7 Stories – The Canadian Stage Company

By Trent Scherer

Damien Atkins, Rebecca Northan & Peter Anderson

Returning to a role he created, Peter Anderson once again steps up to the ledge of a great production of The Canadian Stage Company’s 7 Stories.

Back in 1989, Morris Panych,the playwright, chose Anderson to play the character of ‘The Man’ for the first production of 7 Stories. Along with his set-designing partner Ken MacDonald, Panych directed the original show into winning six Jessie and 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

Continue reading 7 Stories – The Canadian Stage Company

Rocking the Cradle – Tarragon Theatre

By: Darryl D’Souza

rocking the cradle pic 1

The RCA Theatre Company’s presentation of Rocking the Cradle at Tarragon Theatre is, overall, a good piece of theatre. It wasn’t brilliant, but if you check it out, you may very well learn something profound about human existence from it.

Rocking the Cradle is freely adapted from Spanish poet/dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca’s surrealist masterpiece Yerma by Canadian poet/writer Des Walsh. The story succeeds in part because of it’s universal nature.

Walsh, a Newfounlander, has transposed it from a remote region of Spain to a remote Newfoundland fishing village. In fact, Rocking the Cradle had its first run in St. Johns earlier this year. Continue reading Rocking the Cradle – Tarragon Theatre

Boys Under the Big Top – Boylesque TO

By Leif Conti-Groome

BoylesqueTO are out to carve their own niche in the burlesque scene. ‘Boylesque’ is a lazy combination of words that vaguely defines a sub-genre of burlesque. The vagueness comes partly from its newness and rarity. But, last Sunday night at Revival, during Boys Under the Big Top, BoylesqueTO were met by raucous praise from the audience.

As soon as the theatre came into view I knew it wasn’t going to be a usual night. I saw two men dressed as old-time carnies hoisting up a cotton candy machine, while another fellow was wearing a giraffe head with a marvelously long neck.

Inside, the bar was dressed with silk ribbons and balloons. The aforementioned carnies walked around selling pasties and candy apples, heightening the theme du jour. A fire performer named PyRomeo lit up the night sky (and almost a tree) during the intermission.

Continue reading Boys Under the Big Top – Boylesque TO