All posts by Wayne Leung

Wayne Leung (1981-2019)

Wayne was the Managing Editor of Mooney on Theatre from 2012 - 2019 and will be sorely missed. His death from an apparent heart attack was a loss not just to Mooney on Theatre, but also to the Toronto Theatre Community at large. You can read our publisher Megan Mooney's tribute to him here here.

Wayne was a writer, editor and corporate communications professional who was thrilled to be a part of the Mooney on Theatre team. Wayne loved theatre ever since his aunt brought him to a production of Les Misérables at the tender age of ten . . . despite the fact that, at that age, the show’s plot was practically indiscernible and the battle scenes scared the bejeezus out of him. Wayne’s current list of likes ran the gamut from opera, ballet and Shakespeare to Broadway musicals, circus and Fringe theatre. Outside of the theatre Wayne’s interests included travel, technology and food.

Dinner With Goebbels (act2studioWorks) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Cast of Dinner with Goebbels. Cast: Randall Moore (Bernays), Kevin McLellan(Goebbels), Saul Kaufman (Rove) Photographer: Rick Sutton

Dinner With Goebbels , a play by Mark Leith that imagines a dinner party with the modern fathers of political propaganda, is currently being presented by act2studioWorks at Trinity St. Paul’s as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. It’s an insightful show and given the current political climate brought about by targeted disinformation and heightened by the tools of the information age, it couldn’t be more timely and relevant.

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Mayhem at Miskatonic: A Burlesque Mystery Game (Pointed Cap Playhouse) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Sebastian Marziali, Maximum Capacity, Aitana Gunaratne (centre row) Daniel S. Bowen (Brad Puddin’), Bianca B. Boom, Amanda McKnight (Ginger Slap) (bottom row) Stella Kulagowski, Sly Pereira by Sly PereiraThe Dean of Miskatonic University has invited you to a dinner party to unveil a newly-acquired artifact: the orb of “Clit​hulu,” only to find that it has gone missing and now it’s up to the audience to help solve the case! Pointed Cap Playhouse presents Mayhem at Miskatonic, a wild, raunchy, Burlesque whodunit, as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Scadding (Common Boots Theatre) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah by ​Zoë GemelliScadding by Common Boots Theatre is a site-specific collection of short audio plays inspired by the area around the Scadding Court Community Centre, the home of Postscript: the outdoor patio hub of the Toronto Fringe Festival. It’s an interesting piece of site-specific art but I’m not sure I’d really classify it as theatre. Continue reading Scadding (Common Boots Theatre) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

The Road to Damascus (To Hell and Back Company) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Daniel Coo and Ethan Saulnier by David Eden

What would convince a young man brought up in a western country to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State, or worse, to plot a terror attack at home? The Road to Damascus, by Swiss playwright Dominique Ziegler, examines that question. The English-language premiere of the play (translated by David Eden) is currently being presented by To Hell and Back Theatre Company at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Audience of One (New King Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Eric Andrews for Audience of One by El KeeganEric Andrews is a Canadian Comedy Award-winning stand-up comedian currently performing a show called Audience of One, presented by New King Productions at the Tarragon Theatre Solo Room as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Stand-up comics will often book a slot in the Fringe and present a show that’s usually a variation on their stand-up set. This show is decidedly not that; Andrews goes for something a bit more conceptual and the result isn’t necessarily what you’d expect of a solo show by a stand-up comedian. Continue reading Audience of One (New King Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review