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Samantha is both a writer and a fan of the arts and has been able to find numerous ways to pair the two. Aside from being an editor here at Mooney on Theatre, she's a photojournalist for Been Here Done That, a travel, dining and tourism blog that focuses on Toronto and abroad and previously for  Lithium Magazine, which got her writing and shooting about everything from Dave Matthews Band to Fan Expo. She's passionate about music, theatre, photography, writing, and celebrating sexuality -- not necessarily in that order. She drinks tea more than coffee, prefer ciders over beers, and sings karaoke way too loudly. You can follow her on various social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Girl in the Photograph (Quirvan Productions) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Andrea Cabeza & David Chinchilla in The Girl in the Photograh by Liliana Vera.

The Girl in the Photograph, written by Joel Pettigrew and directed by Victoria Urquhart playing as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, is all too relatable. Too almost uncomfortably relatable, which I guess is why this play hits so many notes, both pleasant and not so much, and why it will stay and haunt me for a very long time. This is a tale of forbidden attraction — she’s 14 and he’s older, charismatic and dangerously slick. He knows exactly what to say at any given time to coerce, manipulate and charm his way into whoever he wants.

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4’33” in Baghdad (Thought Experiment Production) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

photo of Nicolas Royer-Artuso in 4'33" in Baghdad by Ülfet Sevdi

When reading the website blurb for Thought Experiment Production‘s 4’33” in Baghdad, playing as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, I wasn’t sure what this show actually was. Having seen it, I’m still not quite sure? Something about an “immersive and interactive academic striptease” which is certainly clickbaity enough if you ask me. Intrigued, I went. And then I left slightly baffled.

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Tears of a Bullet (The Hobby Horse) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of adrian leckie and stephen flett in tears of a bullet by Elyse Roy

The Hobby Horse presents Tears of a Bullet, a play written by Josh Downing and directed by Jeff Kennes, a heavy story with a lot of weighty subject matter. Based loosely on the final years of sci-fi writer Thomas Disch, this production looks at the lives of people from various oppressed groups and how systematically they end up oppressing each other. This revealing story is on stage at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace playing as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Josephine, A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play (Lil Theatre Company) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Tymisha Harris as Josephine Baker, photo provided by the company

Josephine Baker is the type of person stories are written about, movies are based on, and stage musicals draw loving crowds with. Created by Tymisha Harris, Michael Marinaccio, and Tod Kimbro, and performed by the ever talented Tymisha Harris, Josephine, A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play, playing at the Randolph Theatre as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival does exactly that.

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Featherweight (Theatre Brouhaha) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Kat Letwin as Thoth, Michael Musi as Jeff, Amanda Cordner as Anubis by John Gundy, taken at the Paddock TavernIt’s quite possible these days for teens and young adults to not know a time in their lives without the Internet. Our lives can be tracked online; this is the driving force behind Featherweight, written and directed by Tom McGee, playing at the Paddock Tavern as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. A cross between American Gods and Twelve Angry Men where a man is judged by his browser history upon death.

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Enjoy the Hostilities (Pressgang Theatre) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Robin Black from Enjoy the Hostilities

Do you remember Robin Black? I do. His was a name and face that was as ubiquitous to MuchMusic as Ed the Sock. With his band, he proudly proclaimed that “some of you boys and most of you girls would love me“. If being a glam punk rocker wasn’t enough, Black then immersed himself in the world of MMA cage fighting, putting his Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills to the test before setting his goals to becoming a commentator for the UFC. At the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, Black along with the help of writer Graham Isador, presents Enjoy the Hostilities, an in-depth look at the life of Robin Black.

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Wagon Play – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Photo of Cappellacci, Emma Banigan, Alexis Gontan, Lindsey Middleton, Brandon Gillespie in Wagon Play by Owen Fawcett

From Press Release

Theatre By Committee presents the world premiere of Wagon Play by Ben Hayward. Directed by Theatre By Committee’s Ben Hayward (Best Play, Hamilton Fringe Festival ’16) and Owen Fawcett ​(Thom Pain, Omnium Gatherum, The Food Project), Wagon Play explores media culture and contemporary worship, asking the audience to consider the fabric of their plugged-in lives. Featuring a cast of Emma Banigan, Katherine Cappellacci, Brandon Gillespie, Alexis Gontan, Brendan Kinnon, Lindsey Middleton and Jonathan Walls, ​this site-specific dark comedy inducts you into The Way and shows you the light. Opening Friday July 6, ​the show runs to Sunday July 15 as part of the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival​ at Majlis Art Garden​.

Tired of easy answers and a higher power? Awaken the power within yourself and learn that you need look no higher. Amber Moon, former pop princess turned modern day guru, will take you through a whole new way to see the world and your place in it. She and The Way have rejected the old ways and are travelling the country telling people how to embrace the new. Join the movement that is about to set the world on fire.

Details

  • Wagon Play plays at the Majlis Art Garden. (163 Walnut Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Audience participation; Mature language; Outdoors.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 8:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 8:00 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 5:00 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 8:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 8:00 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 8:00 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 5:00 pm
  • Sunday July 15th, 8:00 pm

Photo of Cappellacci, Emma Banigan, Alexis Gontan, Lindsey Middleton, Brandon Gillespie by Owen Fawcett

F*cking Perfect – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Photo of Jessica Bowmer, Iliana Spirakis, Adriana MoraesMendoza and Jeysa Caridad in F*cking Perfect by Jaimee Hall

From Press Release

Chocolate Kiss collective is comprised of Jeysa Caridad, Jessica Bowmer, Adriana Moraes-Mendoza and Iliana Spirakis. All recent graduates of Humber Theatre Performance they begin their foray into professional theatre with a piece entitled “F*cking Perfect.” It takes place at The Factory Theatre MainStage, in Toronto’s Fringe Festival from Saturday, July 6th – 14th. Further information on location and tickets may be found on the Toronto Fringe website. The piece aims to dismantle and explore the process that forms the female psyche through truncated narrative. It investigates themes of love, illusion, and perception of gender and personhood with an aching relevance to today’s social and political landscape. 

Details

  • Fucking Perfect plays at the Factory Theatre Mainspace. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Sexual content; Mature language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 5:00 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 9:15 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 6:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 12:00 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 11:00 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 7:30 pm

Photo of Jessica Bowmer, Iliana Spirakis, Adriana MoraesMendoza and Jeysa Caridad by Jaimee Hall