All posts by Sam Mooney

Always a theatre lover Sam realized in middle age that there's more to Toronto theatre than just mainstream and is now in love with one person shows, adores festivals, and quirky venues make her day.

“Am I Pretty Now?”: A musical romp through plastic surgery (Stephanie Herrera) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Stephanie Herrera in"Am I Pretty Now?": A romp through plastic surgery, playing at the 2017 Toronto Fringe

If someone asked you to go with them to see a musical about plastic surgery, you’d be forgiven for thinking “Huh?! Sounds pretty weird but what the heck, it’s Fringe, I’ll go.” And that would be the right decision! “Am I Pretty Now?”: A musical romp through plastic surgery (Stephanie Herrera), playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, is wonderful. At the end of the show the man sitting next to me turned to the woman he was with and said “Wow! That was great.” which pretty much summed up what I was thinking. Continue reading “Am I Pretty Now?”: A musical romp through plastic surgery (Stephanie Herrera) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Butt Kapinski (Kapinski Enterprises) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Deanna Fleysher in Butt Kapinski

Don’t let the ‘Audience Participation’ warning keep you away from Butt Kapinski, (Kapinski Enterprises), playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival. I hate audience participation but I loved it here. It goes way beyond participation; the entire audience is part of the show. Tonight we were terrific. Of course we had Deanna Fleysher to direct us. She’s amazing. Continue reading Butt Kapinski (Kapinski Enterprises) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Graham Clark’s Not Here (Laugh Gallery) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Graham ClarkWas he or wasn’t he? Was that a surrogate or was it Clark with a bucket and a tiny monitor on his head? I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only person in the audience watching Graham Clark’s Not Here (Laugh Gallery), playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, who was wondering the same thing. And who still didn’t have an answer when the show ended. Maybe he was there. Maybe he wasn’t. Continue reading Graham Clark’s Not Here (Laugh Gallery) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Madeleine Says Sorry (Prairie Fire, Please) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Anthony Perpuse and Madeleine Brown in Madeleine Says Sorry

At the end of the two-hander Madeleine Says Sorry (Prairie Fire, Please), playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Madeleine Brown, the playwright and one of the actors, said to the audience, “If you liked it or didn’t like it, tweet about it. That’s all that matters.”

Oh that I could just tweet 140 characters, go ahead and write my next review, and go to bed, but my editor expects an actual review. Continue reading Madeleine Says Sorry (Prairie Fire, Please) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Bad Dog Theatre Presents: Animated! (Bad Dog Youth Academy) 2017 Kidfest Review

Kirsten Rasmussen in Bad Dog Theatre Presents: Animated

My grandsons were supposed to come with me today to see Bad Dog Theatre Presents: Animated (Bad Dog Youth Academy), playing at Toronto Fringe Festival Kidsfest 2017, but they got a better offer and are going to see it on Monday with their Mum. Luckily I was able to talk to three young people after the show to get their reactions. They all loved it and said they would recommend it to their friends. Judging from the reactions of the kids in the sold out audience, they all loved it too. So did I. Continue reading Bad Dog Theatre Presents: Animated! (Bad Dog Youth Academy) 2017 Kidfest Review

Death Meets Harlequin (Unspoken Theatre Company) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Thomas Gough and Tom Beattie in Death Meets Harlequinn 2017 Toronto Fringe

I took my grandsons – Max, eight, and Desmond, almost six – to see Death Meets Harlequin produced by Unspoken Theatre Company playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival. They both really enjoyed it although during the show I would have bet that Desmond didn’t like it at all. He used my hand to hide his eyes for at least half of the performance. You never can tell with kids. Continue reading Death Meets Harlequin (Unspoken Theatre Company) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Review: King Arthur’s Night (New World Theatre and Luminato)

A unique take on the Arthurian tale, on stage in Toronto as part of the Luminato Festival

New World Theatre’s production of King Arthur’s Night had its world premiere on Friday at the Berkeley Street Theatre as part of Luminato. The work was commissioned by Luminato and written by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef who play Arthur and Merlin respectively. McNeil is a 35-year-old playwright and actor living with Down syndrome. Youssef is the artistic director of New World Theatre. Together with director James Long and composer Veda Hille, they’ve created a wonderful and unique work. Continue reading Review: King Arthur’s Night (New World Theatre and Luminato)

Review: The Lady in Shoes From Hell (Shoe Fits Productions)

Everything works in The Lady in Shoes From Hell, now on the Toronto stage

Burke Campbell’s play, The Lady in Shoes From Hell, had its world premiere at Red Sandcastle Theatre on Tuesday evening. It’s a very funny mystery/thriller, complete with car chases and flaming fireballs, set in Texas in the 1950s. I wasn’t sure it could work in such a small space, but it does. It works really well. Continue reading Review: The Lady in Shoes From Hell (Shoe Fits Productions)