Daily Picks from Raves at the 2018 Toronto Fringe (July 8th)

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Well folks, we’re 5 days into the Toronto Fringe Festival. Mooney on Theatre has published 154 reviews so far (6 more to come today) and 32 of those are Raves. That’s a lot of rave reviews! I think we can safely say the 30th Toronto Fringe Festival is a pretty exciting one!

We’ve been featuring three of our Rave reviews each day, and today is no differet. So read on to see what we have in store for you today.

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Rage Against the King (Pound Ionesco Faulkner) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

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RAGE AGAINST the King, produced by Pound Ionesco Faulkner at Toronto Fringe Festival, is the third part of a trilogy being performed this year where different groups are writing around a single incident and creating unrelated stories. This is important to know because we thought that we would be lost not having seen the others. Thankfully that isn’t the case; each one has its own story and can be viewed on their own.

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The Queen’s Eulogy (the orchid beauty shop) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

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Staged in a loading dock behind a dormitory, the orchid beauty shop ‘s production of Rachel Ganz’s The Queen’s Eulogy is without a doubt of the strangest plays at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. An absurdist piece set in a futuristic world of garbage, there is a faint whiff of its inspiration Pygmalion amid the manic dialogue and bizarrely naïve characters as red wine simply rains down from the sky.

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Feature: Spotlight on Queer Theatre at the 2018 Toronto Fringe

There are certain genres of theatre that show up again and again at the Fringe, be they solo shows, puppet shows, or improv. For me, personally, one of the highlights of the Fringe is the sheer number and quality of shows that feature queer characters or story lines, and particularly those on offer from queer creators. From musicals to burlesque to one-woman shows, here are five randomly selected queer-themed shows for you to check out this season, and what we had to say about them! Continue reading Feature: Spotlight on Queer Theatre at the 2018 Toronto Fringe

The Mating Game (RewritesRewires) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

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I don’t remember what prompted me to want to see The Mating Game at Tarragon Theatre (Mainspace) by RewritesRewires at the Toronto Fringe Festival. I think I was attracted to the idea of people having to adapt to the dating scene again, including getting used to technology that didn’t exist or wasn’t well developed when they were younger. I find change difficult, so I could relate to many elements of the show.

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Generally Hospital (All Access Sketch) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

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I wanted to see Generally Hospital at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace by All Access Sketch at the Toronto Fringe Festival because its description caught my eye. I also have a good friend who’s a nurse, so I figured it would be fun to tell her about the show after I saw it.

The day I saw Generally Hospital also happened to be the day the Tarragon Theatre experienced a bomb threat. Thankfully, the crisis passed and the show was only about 15 minutes delayed. It was well worth the wait.

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TRUNK! (Kerploding Theatre) 2018 Toronto Fringe Review

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TRUNK! by Vancouver’s Kerploding Theatre is playing at the George Ignatieff Theatre at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. It takes you on a whirlwind adventure through three different kingdoms, each with their own totem to rescue. This production has colourful characters, hummable music and a guitar playing dragon: what could be better than that!

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Daily Picks from our Raves at the 2018 Toronto Fringe (July 7th)

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We’re almost there, Toronto! We’ve now seen and reviewed 143 out of the ~160 shows at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival — and I’m here to showcase three of our favourites. Tonight, we’ve got a company with an outstanding local pedigree, a touring production that’s been polished until it sparkles, and an ambitious new queer musical about Toronto. Ready for the scoop?

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