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.

Divine (Red One Theatre Collective/Storefront Arts Initiative) 2017 SummerWorks Review

Photo of Amanda Cordner in Divine photo by John GundyIf you had asked me yesterday how I felt about seeing a play set in the post-apocalyptic wild west of Ontario, I doubt that I would have been very excited.

Then I saw Divine, and it’s marvellous. I am definitely excited! Everything about it is wonderful, the cast, the performances, the script, the set, everything. It opened on Friday at Factory Theatre as part of the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival. Continue reading Divine (Red One Theatre Collective/Storefront Arts Initiative) 2017 SummerWorks Review

What Linda Said (Dr. Up Productions) 2017 SummerWorks Review

Tracey Hoyt and Kimwun Perehinec in What Linda Said

The world premiere of What Linda Said, part of the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival, opened on Thursday at Factory Theatre to a full house. The play, by writer Priscilla Uppal, is based on imagined conversations she had with her friend Linda Griffiths after Griffiths died and while Uppal was having chemotherapy. Sound like a downer? Not at all! Continue reading What Linda Said (Dr. Up Productions) 2017 SummerWorks Review

Review: The Drowsy Chaperone (No Strings Theatre)

The Drowsy Chaperone takes to the Toronto stage at the Tarragon Theatre!

Can a group of 12 to 21 year old students enrolled in a four week intensive musical theatre program learn their parts and put on The Drowsy Chaperone in three weeks? Yes! They can! No Strings Theatre’s production, which opened at the Tarragon Theatre on Friday evening, proves it.

I hadn’t seen The Drowsy Chaperone before. It’s a show-within-a-show parody of 1920s fluffy musical comedies; just enough plot to justify a lot of singing, dancing, and a couple of big production numbers. Continue reading Review: The Drowsy Chaperone (No Strings Theatre)

“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