All posts by Megan Mooney

Megan loves being in the thick of all things theatre, but her ultimate goal is to promote theatre to the world of non-theatre people. It was the same when she was the theatre writer for blogTO, or the Fringe Correspondent for CBC Radio One‘s Here and Now, as it is as the founder of Mooney on Theatre. Her basic belief is that there is theatre/performance out there for everyone to love, they just need to find it. This is not to be confused with the idea that everyone should love theatre for theatre’s sake, in fact, as obsessed as she is with theatre, even *she* doesn’t love all types of theatre.

Remembering Wayne Leung (1981-2019) Mooney on Theatre’s Managing Editor 2012-2019

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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.

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July 9 Rave Roundup for the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival

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While you absolutely shouldn’t only stick to shows with rave reviews (there’s so much great stuff playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival!) they do give you a place to start.

Personally, I’m a big fan of picking a show that I’m pretty sure is going to be a good one and then just taking a chance on whatever is playing before or after it at the same venue. I have seen some really great stuff that way that otherwise wouldn’t have been on my radar.

In the meantime, here are some shows our writers have been raving about to get you started.

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July 8 Rave Roundup for the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival

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Week two of the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. *phew*

We’ve finished reviewing all the shows (except the two that requested no reviews). And now you have a list of 148 reviews you can read through. You may have noticed some have a little thing next to them that says ‘Rave Review!’ So what’s that about?

We very purposefully don’t use a star rating system here at Mooney on Theatre (but if we did, surely they’d be moons, yes?). We believe that a review only captures one person’s opinion, and my 5-star review might be someone else’s 3-star review, and with so many writers covering Fringe, there would be no way to provide consistency in those ratings.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with star ratings, I just made a decision a long time ago that they don’t fit in with Mooney on Theatre’s approach to things. During Fringe though, when there are so many reviews to read through, we needed something to let readers see at a glance which shows writers are raving about.

This week we’ll be taking some time to highlight those shows; starting right now.

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Radioactive Spyder (RS Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

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Radioactive Spyder at KidsFest at Toronto Fringe Festival is a musical developed in part by the grade 5 and 6 students of Equinox Holistic Alternative School, and performed by performers 10 – 15 years old from Spyder Theatre Company. It was an hour of 15 incredibly talented kids singing and dancing and having a blast. It was an hour well-spent.

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Table 7 – A Plays in Cafes Creation (Shadowpath) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Violet Mount Julia Beaulieu Alex M'Banga in Table 7 by Tim CadenyNo doubt we’ve all been in that situation where someone sitting at a table near us is talking so loudly that we can’t help but listen to what they are saying. Table 7 – A Plays in Cafes Creation by Shadowpath takes that experience a step further with audiences in this site-specific piece playing at Paintbox Bistro at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

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The ADHD Project (Squirrel Suit Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Carlyn Rhamey The ADHD Project by Brian Grunté Art by Gilian Thomas Graphic Design by Jon Paterson

The Toronto Fringe Festival website indicates that every performance of The ADHD Project by Squirrel Suit Productions is a relaxed performance. Technically what that means is that the audience can come and go during the show if they need to, the house lights stay on, and there are no loud sound cues. But more than that, the whole thing feels immediately relaxed and welcoming from the moment writer/performer Carlyn Rhamey walks on stage.

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Old-ish (GoodSide Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

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As I took my seat for GoodSide ProductionsOld-ish in theToronto Fringe Festival at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, I was struck with two thoughts. First, “Oh yeah, heat rises, this might not have been the best seat to choose” and second, “This generally a much older demographic than most Fringe audiences.” I hope the latter changes over the course of the festival because Susan Freedman has an interesting story to tell, and its interest isn’t limited by age.

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Radioactive Spyder – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

A NEW musical. Theatre for kids by kids. A political satire at the Toronto Fringe KidsFest…


Radioactive Spyder was developed this past year by TDSB music teacher Deborah Adelman, in collaboration with her Equinox Holistic Alternative School students, as a reflection on the current contentious political world. This postmodern musical comedy is set to a lively Cuban beat in a swamp filled with colourful animal characters.

Presented by a local cast of talented young Toronto performers ages 10-15 years old. Audiences will discover how these animal friends cope with species extinction, money, media addiction, power, global warming and climate change. Comedy, dance and toe-tapping original music provide a lighthearted backdrop to this entertaining show for the whole family.

Radioactive Spyder is thirsty for power and fame. Determined to become the Master of the Universe. Protozoa, a 14 billion-year-old single-celled being, guides Radioactive Spyder on a quest for political glory. Protozoa shows Radioactive Spyder what the universe has to gain or lose based on Spyder’s actions. Will Radioactive Spyder choose power and fame, or decided to make the swamp a better place for all animals?

Script and lyrics by Deborah Adelrman. Original music by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne. Radioactive Spyder features an original song by Sarah Slean dedicated to the next generation — The Day We Saved the World.

Production directed by Rae-Anna Maitland. Musical directors are Kristen Zaza and Carissa Neufeld.

General Admission: $5/child & $10/adult Tickets: | 416-966-1062 | Theatre Front Door (Cash Only) Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating. Theatre: George Ignatia Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl, Toronto Show Dates: July 4th 2:45 pm, July 6th 4:45 pm, July 8th 11:30 am, July 9th 4:00 pm, July 11th 12:45 pm, July 12th 2:15 pm, July 14th 2:30 pm.

Plum Crazy – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release
A Canadian Play Debut at Toronto Fringe Festival

Written by Mark Webber Adapted and story edited by Lindsay Ellis
Performed by: Drea Burck, Lindsay Ellis, Alex Franks, Julie Mahendran, Brian Russell, Harold Tausch
Direction and dramaturgy by Joel Haszard Produced by Haven Theatre & Lindsay Ellis Photography by Lindsay Ellis
Haven Theatre is proud to produce its premiere production Plum Crazy at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. Plum Crazy is a new Canadian play by writer Mark Webber. The play was adapted and story edited by Lindsay Ellis who condensed the story so that it would fit into the 60 minute time frame.
Part of the story editing was done after a workshop production in February that garnered audience feedback to ensure that the edits would appeal to the public. Plum Crazy examines the themes of loyalty and betrayal under the setting of the Plum Crazy Fashion Shoppe.
The story is a who-dun-it, with the second act featuring a series of flashbacks before the final reveal in act 3. The play has an ensemble cast of store employees featuring Drea Burck, Lindsay Ellis, Alex Franks, Julie Mahendran, Brian Russell, and Harold Tausch. Everyone is excited to be part of the Toronto Fringe Festival as it is a debut performance at the Fringe for all of the cast, except Alex Franks who had a play in the Toronto Fringe Festival last year.
Lindsay Ellis has a background in comedy and has trained at the Second City, both in Toronto and Chicago, as well as the Atlantic Acting School (part of the NYU Tisch School of Drama) in NYC. This is her first dramatic play that she has adapted and produced. Her career started working with Sherrie Johnson and da da kamera on its finale season of A Beautiful View. Her previous writing credits include the web series Clambake, sketches with the online comedy group Cackle Comedy, and satirical articles published on Robot Butt, Belladonna and McSweeneys.”Taking the words that Mark wrote and honing them to condense the story and make the action move has been a labour of love,” says Lindsay, “I’m so honoured that Joel trusted me with adapting the script.”
Haven Theatre was created by Joel and John Haszard as a father-son project after John experienced health problems that lead to a permanent disability. This is their first production and they are beyond excited to have their premiere production debut at the Toronto Fringe Festival. “We started this company as a fun way to spend time together and as a way to bring together new and experienced performers to bring to life new Canadian works,” explains Joel Haszard, “When our lottery number was picked, we couldn’t believe our luck and have been working tirelessly to make this debut a success.”
Plum Crazy will run July 5-13, 2019 as part of the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival at the Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre Tickets for Plum Crazy are now on sale on the Fringe website. For more information on the press release contact: Lindsay Ellis email:
Show times are:
July 5 7:45pm
July 6 10:15pm
July 7 5:00pm
July 8 6:00pm
July 9 4:00pm
July 12 6:45pm
July 13 2:45pm