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.

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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