The winner of a pair of tickets to 'East of Berlin' is…

contestwebgraphicgenericCongratulations Jordan Mechano!

He and lucky guest are going to see East of Berlin tomorrow evening at the Tarragon Theatre. -Jealous? For your chance to win a pair of free tickets to some of the best in Toronto Theatre, check back every Monday for contest details and be the 13th person to enter and win!

East of Berlin will be running until January 31st. For more information on show dates and times please visit the Tarragon Theatre.

Toronto theatre contest -win a pair of tickets to "East of Berlin"

contestwebgraphicgenericHave no fear, weekly contests are here!

This week be the lucky 13th person to enter and win a pair of free tickets to go see East of Berlin at the Tarragon Theatre. This acclaimed play by Hannah Moscovitch, and directed by Alisa Palmer is a must see, including performances by Diana Donelly, Paul Dunn and Brendan Gall.

Show dates run until January 31st so don’t hesitate. All you have to do for your chance to win, is contact us here at contests@mooneyontheatre.com quoting the subject line East of Berlin. The winner will be announced on Wednesday for tickets to this Thursday night’s show! For more information abut the play, dates and times visit the Tarragon Theatre.

Good Luck!

Hay Fever – Alumnae Theatre Company

By Sam Mooney

Cast of Hay Fever playing at the Alumnae Theatre

Want to be entertained? Hay Fever, playing at the Alumnae Theatre will do so in grand style. Written in 1925, Hay Fever is Noel Coward at his funniest. The plot – and I use the term loosely – revolves around a family and their weekend house guests in the country.

It’s very funny. The set is a sweet re-creation of a country sitting room. Throughout the play there was a silk stocking hanging from the chandelier that no one seemed to notice. There was also a barometer that kept falling off the wall, – I think this was actually a prop issue – but it was still funny every time it happened.

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Next Stage Festival – Icarus Redux

By: Darryl D’Souza

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Watching Icarus Redux at the Next Stage Festival was a strange experience for me. I can’t say that I loved it, but I didn`t loathe it either. The gap between the original myth of Icarus and Daedalus and this production is rather enormous. 

If you don’t know the myth, basically Daedalus, imprisoned in Crete with his son Icarus, devised a pair of wings made out of wax and feathers to escape captivity. He warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sea, as the wing’s feathers would get wet. And, more notoriously, not to fly too close to the sun as the heat would cause the wax attaching the wings to melt. Icarus flew too close to the sun, the wax melted, and he plummeted to his death into the sea. Daedalus mourned the loss of his son, whose death he had caused by creating the wings. 

Here’s where Icarus Redux picks up. It’s about the relationship between a father and son, seemingly imprisoned in their home (a modern Crete). Continue reading Next Stage Festival – Icarus Redux

Next Stage Festival – The Making of St. Jerome – eastBOUNDtheatre

By Sam Mooney

The Making of Saint Jerome

Have you ever noticed that plays based on actual events are always heartbreaking? The Making of St Jerome from eastBoundplayers playing as part of the Next Stage Festival is no exception. The most heartbreaking thing about the play is that there are no answers, not even to the most basic question. Why?

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Next Stage Festival – The Red Queen Effect – Seventh Stage Productions

By Sam Mooney

The Red Queen Effect

The Red Queen Effect – from Seventh Stage Productions – is playing as part of the Next Stage Festival. Sometimes I’m a bit slow on the uptake. It took me till the end of the play to realize that ‘the red queen effect’ must refer to running in place as fast as you can just to stay in place.

There was a lot of running, but it seemed to me this Alice did get where she wanted to go. Or at least she managed the first leg of the trip.

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Next Stage Festival – Buried – Theatre Awakening

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What are the different ways of dealing with grief? Buried, now playing at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, explores just that.

The play begins with the funeral of the family matriarch Jean, and continues with the days following it as her family tries to cope in their own ways. One daughter, Rachel, over-sentimentalizes; another daughter, Anne, micromanages. Bill, the father of the family, can’t remember what has happened at all because of his struggle with Alzheimer’s. Continue reading Next Stage Festival – Buried – Theatre Awakening