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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.

Redheaded Stepchild (Nobody’s Business Theatre) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

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Ah the elusive one-man-show; a form so oft-attempted but oh so rarely done successfully. Redheaded Stepchild, presented by Nobody’s Business Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, is written and performed by Johnnie Walker and ought to be studied as the model of how to write and perform a proper, impactful one-hander.

Redheaded Stepchild tells the story of Nicholas, a precocious 12-year-old redheaded boy whose proclivity for Shakespeare and Gilbert and Sullivan make him a bit different from the other kids at school. Nicholas is troubled; his father has recently remarried, literally making him a redheaded stepchild, and the biggest kid in his sixth grade class is threatening to beat him up.

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Summer Spectacular (Small Wooden Shoe) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

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Small Wooden Shoe’s Summer Spectacular is a site-specific promenade performance taking place in Frankel Lambert Park in Toronto’s Wychwood neighbourhood as part of The Toronto Fringe Festival. The show’s title is perhaps a bit of a misnomer; it’s not particularly summer-themed nor is it a “spectacular” in the traditional sense. In fact it’s quite an intimate experience.

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No Chance In Hell – A New Musical (High C Productions in association with Cassidy Productions) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

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High C Productions and Cassidy Productions present No Chance in Hell at the Toronto Fringe Festival; a show which they purport to be “a new musical of epic proportions”. Hmm, an epic musical on a Fringe budget? You have to admire their ambition. The results, though maybe not as grandiose as claimed, are still surprisingly satisfying.

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