International Festival of Authors – Paul Quarrington: A Life in Music, Words, and on Screen

by John Bourke

quarrington09This year marks the 30th annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) held at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Part of this 11 day long event was a tribute on Saturday to Paul Quarrington: A Life in Music, Words, and on Screen.

You might be asking yourself why a theatre website is writing about an author’s festival, but here at Mooney on Theatre we look at the idea of what constitutes ‘theatre’ in a very broad way. So that it includes a very wide variety of ‘performances’. Speaking of a wide variety of performances, the tribute to Paul Quarrington seemed to cover all the bases. It had speeches, live music, the occasional quotes from scripts, and even family slideshows.

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Toronto Theatre Contest- 'Turn of the Screw' – now unavailable (but Second City tickets are…) see post

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Unfortunately, DVxT is no longer able to provide us with contest tickets for this run of Turn of the Screw.

If you have entered already, I apologize. However, The Second City has kindly agreed to pinch hit for us on this one. Let me take a second to just say, SECOND CITY ROCKS!!!

Sooo, although we can’t give away a pair of tickets to Turn of the Screw, we will be giving away a pair of tickets to Show Us Your Tweets, the current Second City revue.

Again, I, and the production team of Turn of the Screw, apologize for this sudden change.

The original post is below, but remember, it is no longer available.

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The Turn of the Screw: DVxT at The Campbell House Museum

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by Ryan Oakley

A strange tale told in an old house during the Halloween season should be sufficiently gruesome. It should tingle the skin and infuse even the most banal aspects of your surroundings, the creaking step and flickering light, with menace. At this, DVxT’s adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, playing at The Campbell House Museum, is particularly effective.

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BASH’d – A Gay Rap Opera : Theatre Passe Murialle

By Megan Mooney

Photo of Chris Craddock, Nathan Cuckow by Alex Phelipe

BASH’d has already received huge critical acclaim as it has wandered accross different places in North America. Right now it’s on a Canadian tour, and is at Theatre Passe Murialle until October 31, 2009.

Described as a Gay Rap Opera, or a Hiphopera, it’s something you probably haven’t seen before. In fact, in the introduction by two hip hop performers – FEMINEM & T-BAG – there’s a nod to the obvious “but they’re gay, and they’re white!” Two things that one generally doesn’t associate with hip hop.

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We have a winner for this weeks Toronto Theatre Contest!

Congratulations to David! He and a guest will be heading to tomorrow’s performance of Godzilla on Sundays. He’s the winner of this week’s Toronto Theatre Contest.

For those of you that didn’t win the tickets, don’t worry, they’re a steal! For only $15 a ticket you can check out any performance of Godzilla on Sundays .

This week is the last week that it’s playing, so be sure to check it out @: the Bread & Circus (299 Augusta Avenue) between October 21 – 24; it starts at 7:30 pm each night.

Stay tuned for more weekly contests. A new one will be posted on Monday.

Want to know more about Godzilla on Sundays? Check out the press release:

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Toronto Theatre Contest – Win free tickets to GODZILLA ON SUNDAYS

contest-web-graphic-generic Enter to win a pair of free tickets to the Thursday, October 22nd performance of Godzilla on Sundays at Bread and Circus in Kensington Market.

This week, and this performance, is one of many more to come.  Every Monday a contest will be announced on Mooney on Theatre (MoT).  Every Monday people will have a chance to win tickets for a show later in that same week (generally on Thursday).  So, spread the word and don’t forget to come back every week.

So, how do you enter?  Well…

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The contests they are a comin’ – Free Toronto Theatre

So, stay tuned to Mooney on Theatre for tickets to free theatre in Toronto.  We’re going to start a feature where we give away tickets to a different show each week.  Contest will be posted on Monday, for a show on the Thursday of the same week.

If all goes according to plans, it will start tomorrow.

Spread the word! 

And, if you have a show that you’d like to be included in the contest give-aways then just email contests@mooneyontheatre.com.

Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears- Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company

by Lucy Allen

I’m going to preface this review with two very important facts about myself: One is that I don’t speak Yiddish. The other, I’m somewhat ashamed to say, is that I’m fairly unfamiliar with the work of Theodore Bikel, an icon in theatre and television. This might be a bit of a deterrent in choosing to see a show like Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, which opened last night at the Winter Garden Theatre, but Bikel manages to keep the show grounded, entertaining and at some points heartbreaking. Continue reading Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears- Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company