All posts by Samantha Wu

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.

Review: Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March)

Toronto theatre explores childhood trauma as drama.

It’s like watching The Rugrats on LSD. Or so reads the description of the show from Outside the March‘s website. Kindergarten aged children with adult-sized problems, Mr. Marmalade tells the story of four-year-old Lucy and her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade, a violent sex-obsessed drug addict (all characters are played by adults). Mr. Marmalade is a site-specific production showcasing just how far a child’s imagination can go.

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[ZED.TO] ByoLogyc: Where You Become New (The Mission Business) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Welcome to ByoLogyc – where you become new! ByoLogyc is an innovative Toronto-based pharmaceutical company aimed at improving all aspects of your life using the future age of technology, science and research. You are cordially invited to take part in their VIP (Versatile Intern Program) and be part of the unveiling party located at the Annex Wreckroom during Toronto Fringe for ByoLogyc’s latest product release – ByoRenew! Continue reading [ZED.TO] ByoLogyc: Where You Become New (The Mission Business) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Terry Pratchett’s Mort (Socratic Theatre Collective) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Terry Pratchett is an award-winning English novelist known for his work in the comic fantasy genre, most notably the Discworld series. The Discworld is a realm in which the world is flat, balanced on the backs of four elephants all of which are also balanced on the back of a giant turtle. Did I mention he has the delightful ability to throw in a strong element of whimsy and humor into his work? In Socratic Theatre Collective‘s Fringe offering Mort, the cast invite you to enter the Discworld where anything can happen.

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Honour Killings (Avenal Players) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Avenal Player’s Honour Killings is a modern tragic story of a family gone wrong. Where pride in the family name can override such things as love and kinship. Where three sisters and a first wife are drowned after dishonoring their family and bringing shame to the household. This is a story that takes a closer inspection at old, painful traditions, and a Canadian government and society that fails to come to their aid. Continue reading Honour Killings (Avenal Players) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

The Omega Project (Glasswater Theatre) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Welcome to the year 2015 and to the first inaugural meeting of FLIP (Foundation for Lasting International Peace), an organization whose purpose is to promote world peace by bringing global communities to follow a secular world view and eliminate religion – the cause of most world conflicts. At this meeting, the film The Omega Project by FLIP members Daniel and Lindsay Cooper, an eye-opening documentary of the 2011 Egypt conflicts, will also be debuted. Continue reading The Omega Project (Glasswater Theatre) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Antigone (Soup Can Theatre) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Antigone is a prime example of what Soup Can Theatre does best – taking classic theatrical stories and reinventing them for a modern audience to appreciate proving that the classics are timeless and ageless and can be relevant no matter what age you’re living in. Taking the original play by Greek playwright Sophocles translated by David Grene and setting it to modern day Toronto with the backdrop of the recent G20 protest and Occupy movements turns this production of Antigone into a Fringe show you cannot miss. Continue reading Antigone (Soup Can Theatre) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Headshots and Healing Potions (Monkeyman Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

For any man, woman, teen or kid that has ever picked up a controller, fought mega boss after mega boss only to realize the princess is in another castle, Headshots and Healing Potions from Monkeyman Productions is the perfect Fringe show for you. That is, if you show up to the Shed in the Artist Alley early enough to grab a seat in their tiny…TINY…theatre. They don’t call it a Shed for nothing. Continue reading Headshots and Healing Potions (Monkeyman Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Two Weird Ladies Bomb the Fringe (Two Weird Ladies) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Two Weird Ladies are comedic duo Laura Salvas and Mandy Sellers, two BFFs who found each other studying comedy at The Second City. In their attack of the Toronto Fringe Festival this year, they have prepared a show that is irreverent, hilarious, unafraid to pull punches…and drop bombs.

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That Boob Show (Code White Theatre) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

Bras. Over the shoulder boulder holders. Call them what you will, love them or hate them, if you’re a woman, they are a part of your life – whether that are to fondly display your girls or to keep them at bay. That Boob Show, appropriately set in the site-specific Secrets From Your Sister bra fitting boutique, is a one-woman’s intimate story of personal sexiness, the ongoing size debate and the ability to appreciate what Mama Nature gave you.

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England: A Play for Art Galleries (SoCo Theatre) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

What better way to start off this year’s Fringe Festival than on the edge of Fringe. In a site-specific location, namely the galleries of 401 Richmond Street, lives England: A Play for Art Galleries by Tom Crouch. The location is one I’ve walked past numerous times, but never had the chance to explore what lay beyond their doors. This is the perfect opportunity to check out a jewel of a Toronto landmark. Continue reading England: A Play for Art Galleries (SoCo Theatre) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review