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.

The 2008 Toronto Fringe in Review

by Megan Mooney (Cross-posted with blogTO)

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I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself this week, I’ll have to re-learn what life is like with the luxuries like sleep. But, I’m here to tell you, sleep is a small price to pay for the excitement of Fringe.

With the end of the 20th Toronto Fringe Festival I thought I’d take a moment to provide you with a quick round-up of some of the highlights from this year.

Read on for a listing of each blogTO Fringe writer’s favourite show, and the listing of what shows are playing at Diesel Playhouse during ‘BEST OF THE FRINGE.’

(and yes, at some point I do intend to do a Mooney on Theatre overview that is specific to here, but for now I’m re-posting this)

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A Girl Named Ralph – Toronto Fringe 2008 Review

Review by Fredde Clarke

Editor’s Note:  In the review of Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman by Sam Mooney she mentioned that she saw the show with "My 82 year old mother and 15 year old niece are fringing with me for three days" – Fredde Clarke is the 82 year old mother she was referring to. 

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I came from Eastern Ontario to see 4 plays in the Toronto Fringe Festival – The only one I specifically chose that I really wanted to see was A Girl Named Ralph.  I certainly was not disappointed.

The piece was so obviously true life.  Makes one feel both happy, and a little sad.  It was not a long play, but a most enjoyable one.

The fade outs could have been much shorter, either just a dim out, or stop action while Ralph came in to speak.  I enjoyed the players and have no real criticism of any of the acting.

 

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Teaching the Fringe – Toronto Fringe 2008 Review

Review by Lauren Hatchard  (Megan Mooney’s 15 yr old cousin)

image A deep plunge into the pool of laughs and hysterics.  Teaching the Fringe goes into and analyses a letter from an appalled fan.

Using voices, facial expressions and twinges of words and irony, the show satisfies your laugh craving.  The only thing I didn’t like about this play was that it was a tad drowned out.  Otherwise, a must-see for those who are looking for an amazingly timed, easy laugh.

 Teaching the Fringe is playing at the Glen Morris Theatre for one more day on Saturday, July 12.  For more info see the Toronto Fringe website.

Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman – Another perspective

Review by Lauren Hatchard

Editor’s Note:  In the review of Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman by Sam Mooney she mentioned that she saw the show with "My 82 year old mother and 15 year old niece are fringing with me for three days" – Lauren is the 15 year old niece she was referring to.  And now, without further ado, on with the review (see how that rhymed?  pretty cool eh?)…

From the perspective of three generations, this play could have been worse, it could have been better.  Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman has potential, but also a broad area with room to improve (including cutting the painful chant at the beginning.)  It also had a plethora of humorous moments.

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Toronto Fringe 2008 Recommendations (the short version)

I have been seeing so many shows that I haven’t had time to spend on my site.  It’s both wonderful and sad at the same time.  But tomorrow (Thursday) I have arranged it so that I’m not going to my first show until late afternoon, so I’ll be spending the majority of the day at Jet Fuel sipping lattes and pulling together content for this baby.  I figured in the meantime though I’d reprint some of the reviews I’ve done for blogTO for the shows I highly recommend, since we’re running out of time for the festival.  Please note, this is only a selection out of what *I* have seen.  So I am no doubt missing some great shows in this list.

Keep reading for reviews re-posted from blogTO of:

– A Girl Named Ralph

– Exploding Breakfast

– JEM ROLLS: how i stopped worrying and learnt to love the mall

– One-Woman Show

– Stand up Monkey Poet

– Teaching the Fringe

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Stand Up Monkey Poet – Matt Panesh (Fringe 2008 Review)

Review by Megan Mooney

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Okay, so, lets just get things started here by saying…  GO TO THIS SHOW.  Seriously.  It’s a wonderful thing to behold.

Whether you agree with Panesh’s views or not, his passion and energy are infectious.  Plus, the whole thing is bloody hilarious. 

I debated about whether I should put a warning about ‘strong language’ after the jump.  I decided I would, because if you can’t deal with ‘strong language’ you’re not going to enjoy this show, so you may as well skip the rest of the write-up.

Now, onto the bad words… 

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Damages (Toronto Fringe 2008 Review)

Review by Megan Mooney

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Review of Damages(Note:  This is a longer version of my write-up on blogTO. The blogTO write ups include write-ups from multiple reviewers on multiple shows, check them out!)

I think this is a good play, but not executed as well as it could be. The two main actors in the show are veteran actors, I would put money on most people recognizing them. But there was something missing.

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