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Review: Egad, the Woman in White (The NAGs Players)

by Leanne Milech

NAGs Players score major points for community theatre with Egad, the Woman in White.

The NAGs Players are a community theatre inspiration – starting out as a group of rugby players who wanted something to do in their off-season, the company has been around for more than 30 years, and it is still going strong, with a loyal fan base and three shows a year.

This particular NAGs production is community theatre at its best. Humble, self-referential, smart and teeming with unexpected talent, Egad, the Woman in White makes for a genuinely awesome night of theatre.

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Review: Wicked (Mirvish)

By Leanne Milech

Toronto’s third dose of Wicked is deliciously subversive and devilishly charming

Although I hadn’t seen Wicked before last Thursday, I’d heard of it, of course. I would have to have been living in a deep, dark theatre-less cave of oblivion to have been blind to the massive praise heaped on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical back in 2003, when it made its debut. The show graced Toronto’s stages in both 2005 and 2006, garnering local applause. It has now returned for a third run at the Canon Theatre. After seven years of hype, I figured it was time to actually see it. I went in a little jaded (“how could a mainstream musical show be THAT good?” I kept asking myself as the lights dimmed), and I came out pleasantly surprised.

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(Sponsored Post) Picture It Picture Books

Thank you so much to our sponsor Picture It Picture Books. We appreciate the support. Here’s a bit more information about them; please take the time to give it a quick read-through!

Picture It Picture Books is an independent Toronto-based publisher specializing in children’s picture books. The most important part about Picture It Picture Books is that they don’t have any pictures! We give our readers the opportunity to illustrate their very own books. By visualizing the images to a story as it unfolds and then committing those images to paper, readers engage with our texts in a meaningful, physical way. This increases reading comprehension and encourages readers to apply what they’ve learned to their own lives.

Our books are available online at Amazon.com, via our website, or in Toronto at Planet Kid in Roncesvalles and baby on the hip in Leslieville. Our books will also soon be available at major Indigo stores in the GTA! Check out our website for updates on our Indigo launch!

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Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of June 6, 2010

Plays that Caught Our Eye This Week

Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of June 6, 2010:

** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Megan, our editor, wish she could clone herself so she could check them all out.

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Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of May 30, 2010

Plays that Caught Our Eye This Week

Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of May 30, 2010:

** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Megan, our editor, wish she could clone herself so she could check them all out.

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of May 17, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

I culled this week’s five cheap theatre picks from the list of shows we’ve circulated to our writers. Each week, we at Mooney on Theatre pore over play listings from various Toronto sources and send a list of the most swoon-worthy shows to our writers, asking them to select a play to review from the list. Below, the five shows we’re most excited to have our reviewers check out. The good news? These shows are not only exciting, but they’re also all available for viewing at the low price of $20 or less! Prices are highlighted below for ease of reference. Read on and enjoy!

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of May 10, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

Our cheap Toronto theatre picks for this week focus on Theatre Passe Muraille, which currently has three affordable theatre options for your viewing pleasure. We’ve also thrown in a couple of other theatre events for you to check out that aren’t related to Theatre Passe Muraille, just for good measure. The Canadian Stage Company‘s splashy, inexpensive Festival of Ideas and Creation has us MoT contributers all hot and bothered, and we’re even excited about a show at Palmerston Library – yes, the library! Read on for more details and enjoy!

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