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.

SONDHEIM in SEPTEMBER starts Monday (September 21st)

From Press Release

Celebrating Acclaimed Musical Theatre Composer

Stephen Sondheim

17 Musicals in 3 Evenings


A Toronto First! Stars Gather!

Producers Warren Kimmel and Peter Huck will present, selections from Stephen Sondheim’s entire repertoire over the course of three consecutive Monday evenings – September 21st, September 28th and October 5th. Stephen Sondheim is the most respected theatre composer alive today. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in drama, 7 Tony Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Award 2008), and numerous Drama Desk and Grammy Awards, Stephen Sondheim is responsible for penning such classic musicals as Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, and Company.

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This year's Tapestry Opera Briefs playing Sept 25 – 27

From Press Release

Tapestry announces first
International Composer-Librettist Laboratory & Opera Briefs

The 5-minute scenes produced in this year’s Lab will be presented at Tapestry’s annual season opener Opera Briefs, September 25 & 26 at 8pm and September 27 at 4pm 2009 in the intimacy of The Ernest Balmer Studio at Tapestry. 

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The Refugee Hotel – Alameda Theatre Company

By Megan Mooney

Juan Carlos Velis, Beatriz Pizano and Leanna Brodie

I had to steel myself for this one.  I was convinced that Alameda Theatre Company’s world premier of Carmen Aguirre’s The Refugee Hotel was going to kick me in the gut.  I was convinced that I was going to feel dragged down by the whole thing.  And, don’t get me wrong, the piece is by no means what I’d call “easy”, but the heart-wrenching content is nicely balanced by a great deal of humour.

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Hart House is offering Creative Classes this year

From Press Release

These look pretty cool.  They seem to start late September or early October, so sign up soon.  Also, when you get to their web page, just be aware that the artistic stuff is after the athletic stuff and you have to scroll down A LOT to get to it.


IMAGINATION IS FREEDOM: find yours through the arts

In the heart of the University of Toronto, at the centre of the city, Hart House is proud to
announce the inaugural session in a new series of classes and workshops. Join some of Canada’s most accomplished artists, teachers, and directors as they present classes and workshops that use performance, film making and photography to encourage artistic expression, skill development and personal growth.

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Blackbird opens September 25th, 2009

From Press Release

A new Toronto Theatre initiative joins forces with talent from Montreal and the USA to break the mould of Canadian theatre productions

This haunting, powerful, incendiary work is the sort of daring theater far too absent from our stages these days”.


“extraordinary, no-holds-barred drama that both chills and thrills”


TorontoDoor in Foot Theatre Initiative will arrive in Toronto with a new production of the highly acclaimed play, Blackbird by David Harrower.

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