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.

Monica vs. The Internet – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release



One Filipina. Thousands of racist internet trolls. One deep
dive into the comment section.

This is Monica vs. The Internet.

“[Monica Ogden] is the worst looking asian I ever saw. Filipinas are supposed to look hot, not feminist.” – Troll

From award winning storyteller and accidental comedian Monica Ogden comes a show that sheds light on activism in the age of the internet, mixed-race identity, and why white feminism is like Lays chips.

Pick of the Fringe WINNER – Bravest Show Victoria Fringe Festival 2017


An all new version of the sellout show Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior from KP Thomas ( 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria, 2015 Youth Slam Champion, Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society Recognition Award Recipient ) and Monica Ogden (Guest Panelist at Emerald City Comic Con , Geek Girl Con , Outstanding Ensemble Pick of the Fringe WINNER – Victoria Fringe Festival 2016).

From Lilang’s immigration (Grandma in Illocano), her mother’s rise to stardom as Miss Kapuskasing, to navigating racist internet comments as a feminist YouTuber, Monica finds herself in the reality of intergenerational trauma, and coming to terms with how it affects the lives of the Filipina women who raised her. Monica vs. The Internet is a multi-media storytelling/stand-up show that will leave you in tears, both the laughy kind and the heart ones.

After winning the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals lottery, Rage Sweater Theatre Productions, a company of artists who belong to queer, Black, Filipinx, non-binary, disabled, communities of colour, are embarking on a six city tour to share and lift up underrepresented voices. #FringeofColour #FilipinxFringe



Directed by KP Productions
Written and Performed by Monica Ogden
Tarragon Theatre Solo Room (30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, Canada)
Wed July 3, 6:30pm, Fri July 5, 10:00pm, Sat July 6, 3:15pm, Sun July 7, 6:45pm, Tues July 9, 5:00pm, Thurs July 11, 8:00pm, Fri July 12, 5:15pm, Sat July 13, 1:30pm

No latecomer seating
Purchase tickets online:
By Phone: 416-966-1062
In Person: During the festival at POSTSCRIPT, the patio at the Toronto Fringe. Located in the Hockey
Rink at 275 Bathurst Street (Dundas + Bathurst).

Molly Bloom – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

Fourth Gorgon Theatre Presents…
From the final chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses
adapted & directed by Jocelyn Adema


“Genius.” “Bawdy.” “Nothing but praise.” – Mooney on Theatre

Molly Bloom is an original adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses’ final chapter. Four actors collectively play the consciousness of Molly Bloom as she lies awake in bed in this sensual and shocking exploration of one woman’s psyche.

The ensemble fell in love with this rich novel in a text analysis class at George Brown Theatre School with Peter Wylde in 2014, which prompted a staged reading in 2015, a workshop production in 2016, an independently produced production at Majalis Art Garden in 2018, bringing us to this fully realized production at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2019 complete with full design!

“Molly Bloom is the culmination of five years work – and it shows with the easy intimacy that they have with each other.” – Drew Rowsome. “Their comfort with the role grants them fluidity on stage, like a quartet of electrical charges bouncing from synapse to
synapse.” – Mooney on Theatre.

“There’s momentum in this young group of creators…this maiden voyage of Pippi: The Strongest Girl in the World proves that this crew has a solid course set out in front of them — they’re just going to need a bigger boat.” – Toronto Star 2017

“Sheer creative brillance”(You Know I Know) – Mooney On
Theatre Staff picks- Toronto Fringe 2015

Come see what another year of development has done for this already amazing piece!


60 MIN

JULY 7 8:15PM
JULY 9 4:30PM
JULY 10 6:30
JULY 12 10:30PM
JULY 13 8:30PM

@fourth.gorgon #mollybloomiscoming

Jocelyn Adema is a prairie-raised theatre creator. As
part of the Dora award winning ensemble of Bad Hats’ Peter Pan,
she is an actor/director/writer. Directing credits: Fourth Gorgon
Theatre’s Pippi: The Strongest Girl in the World, and The Newmarket Play Festival.

Annie Tuma: Pippi(co-writer/actor), Boeing Boeing(Magnus) Reanne Spitzer: Peter Pan(Soulpepper), Dry Land (cue6) Jenna-Lee Hyde: Drowning Girls (Globe Theatre), Our Town(Theatre Rusticle)
Lena Maripuu: Peter Pan(Soulpepper), Pippi(co-writer/actor)

Middle Raged – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

Exciting new sketch comedy starring Geri Hall Toronto Fringe, Robert Gill Theatre.

MIDDLE RAGED is a hilarious sketch show with Geri Hall and Gary Pearson, that explores that time of life when you’re running out of time! Couples dealing with the madness of childrearing, empty nests, aging parents, financial stresses…and even trying “Outlander” role play to spice up the bedroom!

Geri Hallis is best known for 5 seasons as a regular on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, where she was once arrested by the RCMP, for asking Stephen Harper a question. She has also appeared in numerous feature films like Shall We Dance and Hairspray and is a Gemini Award winner.

Gary Pearson is best known as a writer for such shows as MadTV, 22 Minutes, Corner Gas, JFL All Access and Sunnyside, which he co-created. Gary has won the Writer’s Guild Award, and the Canadian Screen Award, as well as being nominated for multiple Canadian Screen and Gemini Awards.

Both Geri and Gary were on The Second City Toronto main stage and have extensive backgrounds in improv and sketch comedy. The duo recently appeared at Toronto’s SoCap, had a sold out run of 4 performances at the Oakville Centre will be appearing at the Edmonton Fringe in August

MIDDLE RAGED– when the bloom is off the rose, but the thorns are sharper than ever!


“Awesome show.”
–Paul Chato, The Frantics.

“We had a blast. Geri and Gary are funny and charming and the show was terrific.”
-Kathryn Greenwood, Women Fully Clothed

“The sketches became increasingly hilarious and it soon became apparent that Hall and Pearson are masters of what they do. Playing off each other with electric energy, they brought an undeniable charisma to every sketch they performed.”
– Extra Mile


TICKETS- 416-966-1062,

July 3, 10 PM, July 5, 2:15 PM, July 7, 6:15 PM, July 9, 5:00 PM, July 11 6:45 PM, July 12 8:00 PM, July 13, 2:15 PM

Mice at Centre Ice – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release


in association with THE TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL presents




A modern day Canadian hockey “tail” of small mice with big hearts.

Together, we win!


TORONTOBenny the Bullet Productions presents Mice at Centre Ice by Kerri Salata in The Toronto Fringe Festival KidsFest, July 3rd-July 13th at the George Ignatieff Theatre.


MICE AT CENTRE ICE is a hilarious, heartwarming adaption of the best-selling 1980s children’s novel (and cartoon) and a show for hockey-lovers of all ages. Follow Benny the Bullet, a plucky mouse and fellow Mouse Hockey Leaguers as they try and win back the Cheddar Cup from the dreaded Rink Rats. What dangers await them? And can any of them be worse than the steel blades of the Zamboni machine?


In her children’s novel, Mice at Centre Ice, Estelle Salata named the lead character Benny the Bullet after her husband Benny Salata. Now, Estelle’s granddaughter, Kerri Salata, has named the company she has formed to produce her adaptation of Mice at Centre Ice after him too. Estelle always taught Kerri that women can do and be anything and led by example as a successful author and mother of four. In adapting this story, Kerri, a lawyer, mother, and hockey player herself, has taken her grandmother’s guidance to heart and modernized the story so that many of the characters, including Benny the Bullet, are portrayed by women.


This world premiere production of Mice at Centre Ice is directed by Llana Nakonechny, and stars Thea-award winning children’s theatre performer, Janice Peters Gibson, (The Company Theatre, producer Jerusalem), as well as members of the Lactors’ Studio (Watching Seana McKenna Watch Paint Dry (Fringe 2014) and In Gods We Trust (Fringe 2016)).  


All proceeds going to Lawyers Feed the Hungry

It Girls – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release


The Biggest Girl Group
Reunion of the Year

Toronto Fringe Festival
The Factory Theatre – MAINSPACE

125 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON


Running time: 55 Minutes


It Girls is a hilarious new pop musical about a girl group who reunite fifteen years after a dramatic split. Featuring some of Toronto’s funniest sketch and improv comedians, this campy Fringe comedy has it all – fame, friendship, forbidden romance, girl power, and Showgirls-esque sabotage! Best of all, It Girls features original comedy pop songs that will be stuck in your head for waaay too long.


Directed by Second City alum and She The People star Ashley Comeau, and featuring an infectious pop soundtrack (written by actor/writer Emily Richardson and Ayaka Kinugawa) that skewers celebrity, feminism, dating, partying, and the complexities of female friendship, It Girls is bold, hilarious fun.


It Girls is what would happen if Josie and the Pussycats, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Rupaul’s Drag Race had a baby. Don’t you wanna meet that baby?!



July 4th – 10:15pm

July 6th – 4:45pm,
July 7th – 1:00pm,

July 9th – 7:15pm,
July 10th – 6:15pm

July 12th – 2:15pm,
July 13th – 12:30pm

I, Malvolio – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release
Toronto, ON – impel theatre proudly present a new site-specific and interactive production of Tim Crouch’s I, Malvolio at the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival. The show will mark the company’s Toronto Fringe debut, from July 3-13 at Smart Cookie Club inside Artscape Youngplace, Fringe Venue #24 180 Shaw Street.
This production is among the first English Speaking productions to be performed by an actor other than Tim Crouch, who wrote and originated the play to great acclaim at Brighton Fringe, subsequently travelling the world. The play takes the character of Malvolio from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, positioning him at the end of the play, and re-interrogates the plot of Twelfth Night from the perspective of the character who is the butt of everyone’s jokes and much abused throughout the course of that play. 
This new site-specific production, conceived by Kendra Jones, features actor Justin Otto in the title role, invites the audience to think about concepts of school overcrowdingdigital interaction, and consent, in the context of the ongoing cuts to education curriculum and funding in Ontario. The production also contains a digital element, encouraging audience members to interact with the performer before the performance starting July 1st via Snapchat, as well as during the performance, positioning them as middle schoolers in an overcrowded and underfunded classroom. 
impel theatre is a company created by Kendra Jones in 2009 with a focus on re-thinking the way women and gender roles are portrayed in existing works in the theatre & film canon through the creation of new work in response, which amplifies the voices and perspectives of female characters and re-thinks the role of gender. Over time, this has taken many forms, from dance to immersive theatre, to audio installations, and has expanded to work that challenges our understanding of how we relate to other people and the urban physical environments we find ourselves in. Each project is an exploration that requires a new language, new collaborators, and new ways of thinking about the way the performance and audience will interact. 
Where/when: Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, July 3-13
Time: 7:30pm nightly (No nhows on Sundays) 
Where: Fringe Venue #24 (Smart Cookie Club @ Artscape Youngplace)
Press contact: Kendra Jones/ impel theatre
437 999 9202 or 
Kendra Jones 
Full CV available at 
Kendra Jones is a Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based artist whose work mingles between theatrical performance and performance art; her interest lies in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the theatre, and the kinds of discussions that can stem from encounters with theatrical creation. She graduated with Distinction from the MA Text & Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, and also holds a BA(Hons) in Theatre Performance from the University of Winnipeg.
Her work, which alternately takes the form of directing, dramaturgy, writing and performing, is comprised of a unique blend of dance, physical theatre, and academic argument and has been showcased at various festivals in Canada and the UK. Her academic writing has been published by Common Ground Publishing, Brunel University and the Humanities Education Research Association. She is a company member of Theatre By The River, Artistic Director of her own company impel Theatre, and has been an instructor at Prairie Theatre Exchange School and the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre & Film.
Recently she was assistant director to Steven Schipper for Clever Little Lies at RMTC, and co-director for the TBTR smash Winnipeg fringe hit Sea Wall by Simon Stephens, which was the Canadian Premiere of the play (5 Stars CBC, 5 Stars Winnipeg Free Press “A master-class in the art of tragedy” – CBC), and directed a unique one-woman interpretation of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis at Toronto Fringe & Winnipeg Fringe 2017 (4 Stars CBC, “It drowns you in the twisted, isolated, and bittersweet mindset that comes with major depression.” – Mooney on Theatre). Her installation Intersection was an official Illuminate The Night selection for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, and her adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II was produced by Theatre By The River *4 Stars CBC, ““Modern Marlowe has the power to shock audiences” – Winnipeg Free Press). 
Justin Otto

Justin Otto is a Winnipeg-tested; Toronto based artist whose work is primarily theatrical performance and devised creation; his interests revolve around pushing new Canadian work, emphasizing a closer look into masculinity and what existing writing can be re-imagined into saying. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, BA (Hons) in theatre performance.
Justin’s performances and writing have been showcased across Canada, from Equity houses, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the Canadian Fringe circuit and many a production, workshop or reading in Winnipeg. His play The Manic Pixie Dream Girl was awarded Best New Play from the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. A company member of Peachy Keen Productions, Prairie Kid Productions, and Co-Artistic Director of Have You Seen This Theatre(?). Most recently Justin was seen as Danny in John Patrick Shanley’s Danny And the Deep Blue Sea for Love2Theatre Company (“You feel at any moment he could explode” – Slotkin Letter). 
Recently he has performed with Prairie Theatre Exchange, Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and acting/co-producing a sold out run of Harry Rintoul’s, Brave Hearts, at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. In film he can be seen starring in Prairie Kid Productions (IndieFest Award Winner) film This Is Why We Fight. Currently he is re-imaging Chuck Palahniuk novels to work as a response to masculinity in the forms of the recent American election and Alt-Right movements and his play The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is in development to become a film.
Artscape Youngplace (Fringe Venue #24) is accessible from the #501 streetcar to Shaw Street. 
Snapchat: impel-theatre

Horseface – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

Horseface by Alex Dallas

Annex Theatre

Wed July 3rd 6pm

Friday July 5th 10.15pm

Saturday July 6th 3.30pm

Monday July 8th 8.15pm

Tuesday July 9th 4.00pm

Thursday July 11th 8.45pm

Sunday July 14th 12.15pm

Alex Dallas is back with her brand new show, Horseface. As a stalwart of the Fringe she has earned the name, “Queen of the Fringe” as she has performed in more than 150 Fringes worldwide, starting in Edinburgh in 1982.

She performed with her comedy troupe, Sensible Footwear, originally from the UK, in the Toronto Fringe since 1990 and at Fringes across Canada, the USA and Australia. She has also brought her solo shows, Goddess, Nymphomania and Drama Queen to Toronto, Los Angeles and Adelaide. Goddess and Drama Queen have been aired on CBC Radio and Bravo TV to much acclaim.

But now she’s back with Horseface!

A show written in response to the #Me Too Movement, Horseface is a journey in comedy and storytelling of a woman’s innocuous encounter with a manspreader on a train and what ensues.

Does she assault him ? Is she pushed over the edge? And what does Jane Fonda have to do with it?

A comedic and poignant story of a woman’s life from the 70’s to the present and all her #Me Too moments along the way, some hilarious and some less so.

The show pemiered in May 2019 at the Orlando Fringe to rave reviews and won Best Show in the Red Venue from the Sponsors!

veteran international Fringe performer Alex Dallas returns with Horseface, a topical solo dramedy for the #MeToo era that manages to wring big laughs”

This is the kind of wellconstructed, intimate monologue that used to be the lifeblood of the Fringe Festival” Orlando Weekly 2019

Dallas is an engaging, polished storyteller” Orlando Sentinel 2019

Alex is the voice of Queen Victoria in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the voice of a new Audio book coming out this year and appears in TV thriller, Departure, later to be seen on NBC. A versatile actress and voice actor, her one woman shows always entertain and provoke.

Alex was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by My Entertainment World in 2019 for her role as Mrs. Dilber in A Christmas Carol, produced by Soupcan Theatre.

You can follow Horseface on Facebook @ Horseface by Alex Dallas Twitter @AlexDallas58

Instagram @ thealexdallas

Gremlin Hour – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

Kerploding Theatre is jazzed to invite you to


In the Toronto Fringe Kidsfest

Directed by Molison Farmer

Written by Alex Kolanko

July 3-14 2019

The George Ignatieff Theatre: 15 Devonshire Pl


“We are spooky spooky Gremlins and we really need your help!”

Award Winning Kerploding Theatre is back and wilder than ever with a brand new play GREMLIN HOUR. Gremlin Hour tackles childhood depression, anxiety, and mental health by talking openly to kids about those not-so-fun feelings while serving up a hilariously fun show with silly sketch comedy, improv, original music, cartoon illustrations, and more!

12 year old Hazel is convinced she is broken. She can’t get along with the other kids at school, can’t seem to enjoy “normal” kid activities, and feels numb inside. Her mother and teachers are confounded by her strange behaviour… and apparently so are the gremlins who live under her bed. The story follows Grom and Grox – two Gremlins who are determined to get Hazel back on track so they can spook her and escape the wrath of the Gremlin Council.


Kerploding Theatre presents the World Premiere of


July 3-14 2019

Starring: Bryce Hodgson, Hana Holubec & Liz Johnston

Illustrations by Mirka Loiselle

Costume Design by Victoria Banjavcic

Set Design by Simone Ferkul

Lighting Design by Imogen Wilson

Sound Design by Francis Melling & Riley Hunt


More Info:


Every Silver Lining – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

Association Silver Lining Productions in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents:

Every Silver Lining

Andrew Alexander Stevens Has Cancer but this isn’t about him.

Every Silver Lining is an original, dramedic, coming-of-age musical about death and the perseverance of life; juxtaposing the joyful naiveté of youth, and the crushing discovery of mortality.

Allison Wither and Laura Piccinin developed this show inspired by the experience of losing their close friends to cancer, and in a car accident respectively, in their youth. They sat together at a wrap party at Frankie’s Diner in Toronto, and decided to create a touching, comical show that highlights the various ways in which young people experience life, loss and grief. After nearly two years of collaborative writing efforts, Laura and Allison have finally put their show onto its feet; spending evenings in rehearsals at a local squash court downtown, like the professionals do.

Every Silver Lining was composed by Allison Wither (Fables from Far Away Lands, Awarded Patron’s Pick), with a book by Laura Piccinin (Coming Clean & If, Alumnae Theatre’s Gay Play Day), directed by *Jennifer Stewart, (Assistant Director of Othello, Stratford Festival, 2019), with musical direction by Aaron Eyre (recipient of the NUMUS Award for Composition for New Art Quartet’s The Poison Tree).

The cast includes: Taha Arshad (Urinetown, We Are Here Productions), *Joel Cumber (Rumspringa Break!, Next Stage Festival), Daniel Karp (Next To Normal, Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions), *Dale Miller (Fallstaff, Canadian Opera Company), *Alison J Palmer (Mama Mia!, Neptune Theatre), Laura Piccinin (Footloose, Just For Laughs Festival), Jada Rifkin (Quarter Life Crisis the Musical, Toronto Fringe festival), Ben Skipper (The House of Martin Guerre, Sheridan College), *Sara Stahmer (I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Follows Latimer Productions) and Allison Wither (Mary Poppins, Lower Ossington Theatre).

*These individuals appear courtesy of the Canadian Actors Equity

Association Silver Lining Productions in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents: Every Silver Lining

Created by: Allison Wither & Laura Piccinin
Directed by: Jennifer Stewart
Music Direction by: Aaron Eyre
Featuring: Allison Wither & Laura Piccinin
Stage Managed by: Adriane VanSeggelen

Performances: July 4th-13th at the AL GREEN THEATRE, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J2

July 4th, 8:15pm
July 6th, 9:15pm
July 7th, 1:00pm
July 9th, 6:15pm
July 10th, 2:45pm
July 11th, 5:15pm
July 13th, 1:45pm

Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.
Tickets: ($11) go on sale June 6th, 2019
In person: During the festival at POSTSCRIPT, the patio at the Toronto Fringe. Located in the Hockey Rink
at 275 Bathurst Street.

Shady Acres – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

Escape from Shady Acres” Dares to Laugh in the Face of Aging


Morgan Productions is proud to present “Escape from Shady Acres” for the Toronto Fringe Festival. It is a comedic play that involves three elderly women trying to escape an evil retirement home. It will be performed at the Tarragon Theatre from July 3rd to July 14th.


“Escape from Shady Acres” had a very simple beginning, a phone from a Grandson to his Grandmother. The Writer, Tyler Morgan, was sad to hear that his Nana was not enjoying life. “Sometimes it feels like I’m just waiting to die,” she told him. Tyler wrote this play to raise her spirits. It has!


The play revolves around Shirley (Martha Breen) and her arrival at the notorious Shady Acres. She has previously escaped two retirement homes and wants to escape as soon as possible. Shirley soon realizes that the only way to escape is to work with her two roommates, the over acting diva Bernice (Colleen Simm) and her loveable but intolerable sidekick Dolores (Corinne Sutton-Smith) to overcome the scheming manager, Alastair (Tyler Morgan).


“Escape from Shady Acres” is the show that makes it okay to laugh at aging. We are all going to go through it so we might as well start laughing now. If this show can make Tyler’s Nana laugh, it is sure to delight audiences of all ages.


We hope to see you at the Tarragon Mainspace on these dates:


July 3rd July 5th July 6th July 7th July 9th July 11th July 13th


 6:45pm 10:00 pm


8:15 pm


3:00 pm


4:00 pm


6:00 pm 12:30pm