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.

Review: Gripless (Deborah Ann Frankel/Red Sandcastle Theatre)

Photo of David Huband, Margaret Lamarre, and Amber Mackereth in Gripless July 2018Gothic play takes to the Toronto stage

On Thursday Night I saw Deborah Ann Frankel’s play, Gripless, at the Red Sandcastle Theatre.

Have you ever been to the Red Sandcastle Theatre? It used to be a store and it’s quite long and narrow. It’s a small space that seats about 50 people in three rows along the long wall. The stage isn’t raised at all–it’s what’s left over after the seating. It makes for very intimate theatre, and was perfect for this gothic piece set in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading Review: Gripless (Deborah Ann Frankel/Red Sandcastle Theatre)

The Merkin sisters (SNAFU) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Ingrid Hansen & Stephanie Morin-Robert in The Merkin Sisters at the 2018 Toronto Fringe

The Merkin Sisters (a SNAFU production, playing at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival) has a back story. I know because it says so in the Fringe program. If I hadn’t read that, I wouldn’t have a clue — and it wouldn’t really matter. It’s billed as “A no-holds-barred physical comedy” but I don’t think that comes close to describing it.

I’d add wildly imaginative, absurd, bizarre, and sometimes baffling. And funny. Very funny.

Continue reading The Merkin sisters (SNAFU) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The ABCs of Love with Adult Baby Cupid (Still Your Friend Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Adam Bailey in The ABCs of Love with Adult Baby Cupid at the 2018 Toronto Fringe

The ABCs of Love with Adult Baby Cupid (Still Your Friend Productions) isn’t in the 2018 Toronto Fringe printed program because they were asked to fill in for a show that dropped out at the last minute. It’s a shame because this is a very funny show and more people should know about it and see it. Continue reading The ABCs of Love with Adult Baby Cupid (Still Your Friend Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Forget Me Not – The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit (Rob Gee) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Rob Gee in Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit at the 2018 Toronto Fringe

Rob Gee wrote his solo show – Forget Me Not – The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit playing at the 2018 Toronto Fringe – based on his experiences as a registered nurse in the mid-90s. The show is used by the National Health Service in the UK as part of their training of healthcare providers in the areas of compassion and reporting concerns.

Sounds dry, doesn’t it? Not at all! Rob has combined comedy and social commentary in a show that’s sometimes hysterical, sometimes heartbreaking, always kind. Continue reading Forget Me Not – The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit (Rob Gee) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The Ding Dong Girls (MoGo Co.) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The cast of The Ding Dong Girls: Oscar Moreno, Miss Fiercalicious, Joel Schaefer, Graham Conway, and Nic Mencia Toronto Fringe 2018The Ding Dong Girls (MoGo Co) is my favourite show so far at the 2018 Toronto Fringe. It’s got everything I love; talented cast, great songs, fabulous costumes, excellent book, and a tap dance number. It’s funny and very raunchy and manages to touch on some serious topics as well. It was sold out tonight, Factory Mainspace even opened the balcony. I expect that it will keep selling out. You should order your tickets right now. Ordering information is at the end of the review but do it now. Finish reading afterwards. Continue reading The Ding Dong Girls (MoGo Co.) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The Space Chums! (Space Chums) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Ian Goodtimes, Lindsay Goodtimes and Kate Keenan in Space Chums, Torono Fringe 2018

The Space Chums!, a Space Chums production – part of Kidsfest – was the first show at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. We entered the theatre through a silver archway with a shiny tinsel curtain. Very cooling on a hot day. I always think it bodes well for ‘my Fringe’ when I enjoy the first show that I see and I enjoyed this one. Not as much as the kids in the audience did though. Continue reading The Space Chums! (Space Chums) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

The Magnificent Terrific Top-Notch Superb Show (Ishi & Bishi) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of Michael Bennett Leroux and Holly Greene in The Magnificent Terrific Top-Notch Superb Show at the 2018 Toronto Fringe

I got to The Magnificent Terrific Top-Notch Superb Show – produced by Ishi & Bishi and playing as part of Kidfest at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival – with barely any time to spare. That meant no time to find a kid and their adult and chat a bit and see if I could talk to them after the show. Which means that this review is entirely from an adult perspective; mine. Continue reading The Magnificent Terrific Top-Notch Superb Show (Ishi & Bishi) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Sharnoozle! (Sometimes Y Theatre) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of the cast of Sharnoozle

After your kids see Sharnoozle!, produced by Sometimes Y Theatre and part of Kidsfest at the Fringe Festival of Toronto 2018, they’re going to have a lot of questions. You might want to read up on Cavemen, King Tut, Joan of Arc, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Amelia Earhart, and Sumo wrestlers. You’re going to meet them all. Continue reading Sharnoozle! (Sometimes Y Theatre) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review