Toronto Theatre – Is it just a bunch of friends playing together?

By Megan Mooney

So, it’s no secret that I wish theatre could reach a wider audience.  In fact, that’s some of what prompted me to start this blog.  Of course, it has no doubt become just another place where people already involved in theatre come, I’m not that delusional…  In fact, if I were being honest with myself, I’d have to note that really, this whole post assumes people know about the Toronto Theatre scene.  But we can just ignore that for now…

I know people who are not involved in theatre who feel like they can’t go to shows other than mega shows.  They aren’t comfortable going to a place like Theatre Passe Muraille, or Factory Theatre, or Buddies and so on and so on.  They can make their way to a Mirvish production, but at $70 a ticket, it’s a once a year at most endeavour.  Stratford and Shaw, sure they’ll go there, but usually that’s not even once a year, given that for most people it’s a day trip.  Well, unless you live in Stratford or Niagara-on-the-Lake I guess.

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Theatre folks – We're nothing if not passionate

Okay, so, it’s possible that you already knew this, but theatre people?  They have a tendency to be passionate about things.

Not all things.  But some things.  And there’s not a specific list of what those things are, it in fact (as you would expect) differs from person to person.  But here’s the thing, when I theatre person cares about something, they seem to do with it with gusto.

Take for example the comments raging at the Summerworks blog over a promotional video called Expression.

People REALLY care about this.  They are raging, some at the video, some at the other commenters, some likely at the world.  Is it bad that this makes me laugh a little bit, or does it just mean that as a member of the theatre community I can appreciate our quirks?

The second promotional video release was Interpretation, it will be interesting to see what kind of a reaction it gets.  Someone named Naomi has already left a comment that made me giggle, but I’m concerned that people won’t realise it’s a tongue in cheek answer.

Time will tell…

One Woman Show

review by Megan Mooney, cross-posted from blogTO

 

20080723_onewomanshow If you were following the Fringe coverage, you already know that I surprised myself by liking One Woman Show a lot.  So did a lot of other people. I figured since it was the patron’s pick, and managed to get one of the much coveted ‘Best of the Fringe’ spots and opens tonight at Diesel Playhouse , that it was worth re-visiting.

So, why did people like it?

It’s a good question. One Woman Show is a parody of one-woman shows, written by three men with a man playing the Eileen , the ‘woman’ who’s show it is. Sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it? When I first read about this show I rolled my eyes and figured it was going to be painful. Happily, the show proved me wrong.

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Tips on how to put on a Fringe production – from the perspective of an audience member

by Megan Mooney

 

Okay, so this isn’t going to be about how to cast, or rehearse for a space you don’t know, or anything like that.

This is from the perspective of an audience member who went to many many shows. 

Read on to hear me ramble about show length, show descriptions, and promotion.

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The 2008 Toronto Fringe in Review

by Megan Mooney (Cross-posted with blogTO)

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I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself this week, I’ll have to re-learn what life is like with the luxuries like sleep. But, I’m here to tell you, sleep is a small price to pay for the excitement of Fringe.

With the end of the 20th Toronto Fringe Festival I thought I’d take a moment to provide you with a quick round-up of some of the highlights from this year.

Read on for a listing of each blogTO Fringe writer’s favourite show, and the listing of what shows are playing at Diesel Playhouse during ‘BEST OF THE FRINGE.’

(and yes, at some point I do intend to do a Mooney on Theatre overview that is specific to here, but for now I’m re-posting this)

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