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.

If It’s Not Too Much Trouble (Books Are Boring) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

If It's Not Too Much Trouble

Playwright Trevor Poelman’s If It’s Not Too Much Trouble was the winner of the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival‘s 24 Hour Playwriting Contest. It’s an engaging piece boasting an endearing cast of characters and some very funny lines. The three Davis children, and one boyfriend, are getting ready for their parents’ 25th Anniversary. Continue reading If It’s Not Too Much Trouble (Books Are Boring) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

Little Miss Understood (Sandcastle Theatre) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

Little Miss Understood

Little Miss Understood from Sandcastle Theatre is playing at St Vlad’s Theatre as part of Toronto Fringe 2014. I love St Vlad’s, it’s always really cold and I’m usually really warm so for me it’s a gift in the middle of summer. For normal people there are blankets.

Little Miss Understood is a glimpse into the relationship between a mother and her 14 year-old daughter. It’s written by Stephanie Fowler (the mother) and performed by Stephanie and her daughter (Beatrice Fowler Campbell). The show is delightful; the performers work well together and are comfortable on the stage.

Continue reading Little Miss Understood (Sandcastle Theatre) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

Think Bigg (Trent Arterberry) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

Think BiggMy grandson Max (5) was pretty excited when we arrived at the Palmerston Library to see Think Bigg, one of the shows in this years FringeKids! I was looking forward to seeing Trent Arterberry’s show as well. Last year his show, The Secret Life of Walter Manny, sold out and I missed seeing it.

Think Bigg is high energy, fast paced and funny. It will appeal to adults as much as it does to children.
Continue reading Think Bigg (Trent Arterberry) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

Rocketbaby (The Arts Engine) 2014 FringeKids! Review

Rocketbaby

The Arts Engine’s production of Rocketbaby was the second FringeKids! production of the day for Max (my 5 year old grandson). In between shows we were in the Palmerston Library reading stories, making this a brilliant venue for kids shows. Already excited from the first show, Max was all over the place. When we saw someone we knew through the window, I knew it was time to head outside. Continue reading Rocketbaby (The Arts Engine) 2014 FringeKids! Review

Desperately Seeking Something (Borderline Theatre) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

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I’m willing to bet that when Borderline Theatre rented the Chapel at Trinity St Paul’s for their Toronto Fringe production of Desperately Seeking Something they didn’t know about the very loud tango class happening tonight in the next room at the same time. UGH! It was definitely a distraction. Kudos to Leah Holder (Artemis) for dealing with it so gracefully.

Nellwyn Lampert has written a lovely play and it deserves to be seen and heard without distractions. Continue reading Desperately Seeking Something (Borderline Theatre) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review