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.

Bright Lights – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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Photo of a poster on a hydro pole asking 'have you had an experience' and showing UFOs
Hit Toronto Playwright Kat Sandler Asks: How Far Would You Go To Prove Your Beliefs?

Prolific indie playwright’s latest play premieres with an all-star cast in the Toronto Fringe.

Everyone comes to Ross’ alien experience support group for different reasons: some want love, some want friends, some want allies in ‘the war to come’ – but above all, they want to be believed.
However, their personal beliefs and loyalties to each other are
tested when a new member accuses Ross of being less human than he appears. What follows is a tense battle of wits and will as Ross is put on trial by people desperate to prove the validity of their experiences…no matter what the cost.

Bright Lights is searing dark comedy that looks at who we are, what we believe, and how far we’ll go to not feel alone.
Hit indie company Theatre Brouhaha and prolific Toronto playwright Kat Sandler team up with the people behind Canadian Comedy Award winning duo Peter N’ Chris, clown duo
Morro & Jasp, Shakey-Shake and Friends, and Bad Dog Theatre’s Colin Munch to create an unforgettable pitch black comedy about paranoia trust, and the need to be believed.

Praise for Kat Sandler and Theatre Brouhaha:
“Kat Sandler is the most exciting theatre voice in this city today.”
–Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star (Liver)

Bright Lights
Written and Directed by Kat Sandler
Starring: Amy Lee, Heather Marie Annis, Peter Corlone, Chris Wilson, and Colin Munch.
Dramaturge: Tom McGee
Producers: Kat Sandler and Tom McGee
Tarragon Theatre Mainspace
30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto ON M5R 1X3
Wednesday June 29th, 10.30 pm
Friday July 1st, 8.45 pm
Sunday July 3rd, 3.30 pm
Tuesday July 5th, 6.30 pm
Wednesday July 6th, 12.00 pm
Friday July 8th, 6.00 pm
Saturday July 9th, 11.30 pm

$12 at


True Blue – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

From Press Release

A Vagrant Theatre and the Bad Dog Theatre Company presents

True Blue
Everybody lies.

“…director Colin Munch is pushing the boundaries of improvised storytelling…“ Carly Maga, The Toronto Star

“With True Blue, director Colin Munch is bringing something different to Bad Dog’s improv lineup and the effect is thrilling… An hour of theatre that plays on a formula you’ve surely seen a hundred times (Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Castle, every other show on TV) and creates something you’ve never seen before.” – Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World

Following a sold-out run at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, A Vagrant Theatre (Dying Hard – Best of Fest, Atlantic Fringe Fest) and the Bad Dog Theatre Company (Toronto, I Love You – NNNN, Now Magazine, 3.5 stars, Toronto Star) are pleased to announce that the improvised cop drama True Blue will play at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Candy & Shelley Go To The Desert – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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3 Ducks In a Row
Productions is proud to
present its inaugural
production of Paula Cizmar’s
Candy & Shelley Go to the Desert
at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. When their car breaks down in the middle of the Nevada desert, Candy and Shelley’s friendship is put to the ultimate test.

This humorous, heartfelt and hopeful comedy
will be performed at St. Vladimir’s Theatre, 620 Spadina Ave
nue in Toronto, Ontario.
The show will run from July 1 to July 10, 2016.
Performance times and tickets a
re available at
A theatre company founded by three sisters, 3 Ducks in a Row Productions is committed to the presentation, discussion and celebration of modern women.
As proud Toronto natives who have attended North York high schools including the Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary School and William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute, we are passionate about creating theatre relevant to our community.

We seek to share the stories of contemporary women across all ages and cultures by creating theatre by women, for women and
about women.
Declared “a delightfully funny character comedy” by Daily Variety,
Cizmar’s play features two resourceful and determined women exploring life, love and friendship under the desert sun. As emerging artists who have strong ties to the Toronto theatre community,
we feel we have the tools, training and passion to address these issues by creating theatre which highlights the stories and challenges of women today.

Directed by Savannah Forest, this production features
Scarlett Forest as Candy, Magnolia Forest as Shel
ley and Kyra Weichert as Ron. Set and costume design
by Johnathan Clancy and lighting and sound
design by Savannah Forest.

Advance single tickets for this production are $12 ($10
plus a $2 service charge) and are online at
or by calling (416) 966-1062 starting June 9, 2016. In
person purchases are available at the Festival Box Office at The Fringe Club, 581 Bloor St. West from June 29 until July 10, 2016
from noon until 9 pm, up to an hour before performances. At-the-
door tickets will be sold at St. Vladimir’s Theatre one hour prior to show time for cash sales only, subject to availability.

Toronto Fringe Value Passes are on sale now or at the Festival Box Office beginning June 29, 2016

Like a Fly in Amber – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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photo of Amber Karen Kelm and Judith Chertkow Levy

A new Canadian musical, “Like a Fly in Amber”, by Vancouver writer Karen Kelm, debuts at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. Through breaking hearts and belly laughs, the show dares the audience to laugh in the face of the inevitability of deterioration and death, and cry for their own missteps on the relationship path.

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Best Picture – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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image of jon paterson and kurt fitzpatrick

RibbitRePublic presents

Written by Kurt Fitzpatrick Directed by Jeff Culbert
Starring Jon Paterson, Rachel Kent, and Kurt Fitzpatrick

MAY 2016 – TORONTO, ON – Eleven years after winning Best of Fest in Toronto Fringe with “BoyGroove” (also 2006 Audience Choice Dora Award), RibbitRePublic is back! Three Fringe veterans join forces to play a cast of thousands in this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force. Plank Magazine says, “These three are truly Fringe masters.”

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Downtown Jay – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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cast photo of downtown jay

Refugee bird flies into Fringe Kids Festival

Downtown Jay

The last year has seen dozens of refugee stories, both in Canada and elsewhere. This may be the only one with a singing blue jay at its heart. Downtown Jay, a family musical about leaving your home and learning to build a new one, premiers at the Toronto Fringe Kids Festival, June 29 – July 10 at the George Ignatieff Theatre.

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Born With a Tale – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

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Poster for fringe show Born With a Tale

Helder Brum Productions Presents:

Born With a Tale

Helder Brum (JFL 42) is a comedian, writer, and storyteller. Brum co-hosts/produces the monthly show Fireside Tales (BlogTO’s Top Ten Storytelling Events) and his podcast Helder Brum & Friends recently reached number one on iTunes “New and Noteworthy” chart. In Born With a Tale the performer strings together a series of comedic stories about Portuguese heritage, profuse sweating, and fighting a bull…twice.

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Review: The Big Band Tap Revue

Image of dancers in Big Band Tap Revue

The Big Band Tap Revue, now on stage in Toronto, has great music, great dance, great fun

As we left the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre after seeing The Big Band Tap Revue, my guest for the evening exclaimed, “Well, that was just pure fun from beginning to end!” And she was bang on.

The Big Band Tap Revue is actually less straightforward than it sounds, though. My favourite pieces were the ones that branched away from what I was expecting based on the idea of a ‘big band tap revue.’
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