After a lot of deliberation, I’ve made a tough decision. It’s time for me to put Mooney on Theatre on an indefinite hiatus.
Things in other parts of my life mean I cannot devote the time and energy needed to maintain MoT. It is time to let go, at least for now.
It’s been such a pleasure and privilege to be a part of the performance community in Toronto over the last 14 years.
The hard-fought-for increase in diversity in the past decade and a half — both on and off stage — has been incredible to witness. It gives me hope for the future of art in our city.
Over the years, I’ve seen so much art on stage (and off) that has fed my soul. I’ve been delighted and heartbroken by plays, dance pieces, stand-up comedy, poetry slams, site-specific pieces, virtual/digital pieces, opera… the list goes on.
I often marvel at all that Toronto has to offer us. I’m grateful to have provided a place for people (including me) to write about them.
To Editors and Writers – past and present
I want to express my appreciation and admiration for the editors and writers who joined me on this journey.
Without your passion for spreading the word about the performing arts in Toronto, Mooney on Theatre would not have become what it did. I could not have done this without your invaluable contributions, and I have loved having you on my team.
Working with Mooney on Theatre required following editorial guidelines that you may not have always agreed with but followed anyway. It required a level of professionalism that some may have argued was steep for a volunteer position – but you met that bar confidently.
You attended training sessions and accepted edits with grace. I had the privilege of seeing your writing improve as time passed. I also learned so much from you.
During Fringe time, you stepped up and worked late into the night (early into the morning?) to deliver multiple reviews. For editors, you pulled all-nighters to edit said reviews at Fringe time. Those all-night editing sessions were filled with fun banter, shot back and forth through sometimes lagging emails, making them fun instead of a painful slog.
I am grateful to have worked with you and am so proud of you. Thank you.
To Artists, Companies and Publicists
Thank you for welcoming us to your shows. You trusted us with your hard work and artistic vision.
Putting art on public display comes with unavoidable vulnerability. Inviting people to review it always comes with risks.
We certainly did not like or agree with everything we saw. But, I hope we earned your trust by always endeavouring to respect the work that went into creating it.
Thank you to the people who took the time to correct us when we made mistakes. Especially when the mistakes were big ones. Of course it’s never easy to learn you’ve screwed up, but it was how we learned and grew. Without those people, it would have been a far slower process.
Working with all of you was key to the success of Mooney on Theatre.
My Wish for Readers
My fervent wish for you is to keep seeing live performance.
Keep demystifying theatre for yourselves. Remember theatre isn’t something you have to save for a special occasion, get all dressed up for, and spend lots of money on.
Even better – remind your friends and family of that.
Next time you’re looking for something to do with your night out, and someone suggests a movie, think about giving them some live entertainment options. You can likely find some that won’t cost much more, and your financial support will go directly to people in your community.
When writing this (March 2022), a regular movie ticket costs $13.50.
- Factory Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille have tickets available at $10 and $25.
- All current productions at The Theatre Centre are ‘Pay What You Can Afford’ tickets, and I expect that will continue.
- Tickets for shows at The Comedy Bar usually run around $20 – $25.
- If it’s the right time of year The Toronto Fringe runs winter and summer festivals with exceptionally affordable performances.
You don’t have to dig too deep for affordable performances in the city.
Thank you to everyone who has joined me along with way on Mooney on Theatre. Hopefully, I’ll be back someday, and if I am, I hope you will return too. Until then, keep supporting the great artists in Toronto.
Founder, Mooney on Theatre