Our grandiose goal here at Mooney on Theatre is to demystify theatre.
People in the theatre industry often seem so shocked when they hear that people are intimidated by theatre, but the truth is, they are. So, we try to let people know what to expect from a show, to help minimize the intimidation so many feel when it comes to theatre.
We want to remind people that they don’t have to have theatre training or be ‘culturally rich’ or anything like that to enjoy theatre, they just have to go.
So, what is Mooney on Theatre?
Mooney on Theatre is a website about live performance in Toronto, founded by Megan Mooney (which you likely already figured out). It includes contributions about specific productions from writers with a variety of levels of experiences with theatre.
MoT reviews are intended to be experiential reviews. What the piece felt like for the writer, whether they liked it or not, recognizing that all art is subjective. We strive to give our readers enough specific detail on why and what the writer liked or didn’t like to know that they will not like a piece even when a writer loves it, or vice versa. Ultimately these reviews are only one person’s opinion.
In my dream world, theatre becomes an art form of the masses again. These days, all too often, theatre is seen as an elite art form, something fancy. I want it to be available, accessible and considered as an option for “waddaya wanna do tonight” conversations.
– Megan Mooney, Editor
A bit of a PostScript on this: after this was originally written Mooney on Theatre celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018. I wrote something for that which, if you’re burning for more information about us might scratch that itch.