Sweat may not be perfect, but it’s important and worth seeing
I wasn’t exactly sure why, but I knew walking out of Sweat, playing at Canadian Stage‘s Berkeley Theatre, that it was going to be a hard piece to write about. In fact, I already knew it at intermission.
It’s a solid production. It was a lovely way to spend an evening, but I was having a hell of a time getting this review written. After having written bits and pieces of this it over the past couple of days, but never managing anything cohesive, the reason finally struck me as I ambled down my stairs: I wanted to like this piece more than I did.
Everything about this production was fine. It was all good. Good directing, good acting, good design, all of it good. But none of it took my breath away. And I could tell it had the potential to.
Continue reading Review: Sweat (Canadian Stage and Studio 180 Theatre)
Toronto takes to the stage to celebrate the coming of 2020 this NYE
It’s New Year’s Eve. Time to wave good-bye to 2019, and welcome in 2020. I think a pretty fantastic way to do that is by checking out a live show. I have seen so many “things to do in Toronto on NYE” lists, and they almost all seem to be lists of big expensive parties. So I decided to make my own “things to do in Toronto on NYE” list – Mooney on Theatre style.
My parameters were that it had to be a live stage event; it had to be $35 or less; and, of course, it had to be in Toronto.
I love the idea of going to a show on NYE. I get to go out and experience the atmosphere of revelry and excitement, and, of course, enjoy something on stage. And, I get to still do the official “ring in the New Year” part in my living room (if I manage to stay awake until midnight).
Maybe you are more of a party animal than me (do you have a pulse? You are probably more of a party animal than me then.) Maybe you would like to ring in the New Year surrounded by excited people. You still can. Once the show is over, you can continue to whatever type of NYE celebration suites you best.
Either way, spending some time with live performance seems like an excellent way to usher in the New Year. And, without fanfare or flourish, here are my suggestions of things to check out:
Continue reading Toronto New Year’s Eve 2020 Event Listings – MoT style
The Ward Cabaret‘s music and performance is filled with humanity and passion
When I heard about The Ward Cabaret playing at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, I knew I had to see it. A show that uses dynamic live music in the telling of a slice of Toronto’s history is right up my alley.
This isn’t a musical in the traditional sense. Songs don’t take the place of monologues to move the action forward. But they are certainly a vital part of telling the story. In fact, the press release doesn’t even call it a musical, it says, “This theatre-music event propels audiences into the extraordinary sounds and stories of The Ward.”
Continue reading Review: The Ward Cabaret (DB Works & The Ward Productions with Harbourfront Centre Theatre)
Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of September 23, 2019
Well, theatre season is in full swing. So many places have launched their seasons, #JFL42 is in full swing, even the Toronto Biennial of Art has performances for you to check out (although, admittedly it’s a pretty difficult website to navigate). There is just so much art happening in Toronto. It makes me a happy camper.
We’ve collected some of what’s up for offer this week and it’s here for you below. And, in case you’re curious, I have highlighted the things in red that makes me wish there were several versions of me and unlimited childcare in this world so I could just spend all my time enjoying art always…
Continue reading Playlistings for the Week of September 23, 2019
Paying tribute to Wayne Leung (1981-2019): passionate theatre advocate and MoT Managing Editor
I first met Wayne in 2011 when I interviewed him for the position of Assistant Editor at Mooney on Theatre. I remember sitting across from him with my Managing Editor at the time, Mira Saraf, and feeling like I was interviewing myself. It was an eerie feeling. His philosophies on theatre and business felt like a complete match for mine. Even the examples he used when answering questions often felt like word-for-word matches to ones I’d used in my own interviews for other positions.
Continue reading Remembering Wayne Leung (1981-2019) Mooney on Theatre’s Managing Editor 2012-2019