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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.

Review: D&D Live: The Legend of T’Rannah (Bad Dog Theatre Company)

Toronto theatre that’s “just like the game” with D&D Live.

Dungeons and Dragons (D&D)is a fantasy role-playing game loved by millions across the world with various editions released since its inception over 40 years ago. Regardless which edition you choose to play or whether you favor a rogue or paladin to a cleric, Bad Dog Theatre Company has taken this legendary game and turned it into a hilarious improv stage performance. You, the audience, is given the roll of the prized D20 and can control where the action goes.

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The Fever (Cohort Theatre) 2012 SummerWorks Review

The Fever is an intensely direct one woman show playing at the back space of the Theatre Passe Muraille that takes a reality check on what it means to be human in the heart of adversity. Bringing to light themes of social injustice, the division of status between the haves and the have-nots, this monologue story is a uniquely eye-opening performance at this year’s SummerWorks festival.

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I Believe in Atheists (Written/Directed by David Lichty) 2012 SummerWorks Review

What happens after you die? That really depends on what you believe in as one of the main purposes for religion is to offer answers for that great unknown. But what if you don’t believe in anything? What if you’re an atheist, what happens then? I Believe in Atheists, a student work that SummerWorks has chosen to showcase this year, takes a humourous look at that ultimate question.

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The Frenzy of Queen Maeve (Live Lobster Theatre) 2012 SummerWorks Review

A love triangle in Ireland at the height “The Troubles“, a woman caught in the fold struggling with the choice between a life of safety and the love of her country is the focal point in this intensely entertaining SummerWorks play, The Frenzy of Queen Maeve. Playing at the Lower Ossington Theatre, this production takes a poignant look at political and personal struggles fit for a youth audience.

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Breath in Between (Breath Collective with Crow’s Theatre) 2012 SummerWorks Review

Breath in Between is a two-person show that explores the act of life and death in the same breath and the mysterious attraction between two people. Playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille main space, this is a show rich with monologue, expression and the unexpected that is a great SummerWorks selection but maybe not for the faint of heart.

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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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