Review: The Soldier's Tale

The Soldier's Tale

By Amber Landgraff

When I went to see The Soldier’s Tale I wasn’t sure what to expect. Described by the Open Corps Theatre company as a spoken word opera, the piece uses the Casa Loma stables as a backdrop for an entertaining show combining dance, spoken performance and music.

The Soldier’s Tale follows the story of Joseph, a soldier on leave, who meets the devil in disguise while on the road. Joseph ends up trading his fiddle for a book that promises untold wealth. Joseph eventually realizes that wealth doesn’t equal happiness and he has to fight the devil to regain what he has lost.

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Review: The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer – LuminaTO

by George Perry

Massey Hall in Toronto hosts an orchestra, two sopranos, a murder and John Malkovich

The Infernal Comedy Confessions of a Serial Killer

Rushing down to Massey Hall, I saw an abandoned crutch on the subway platform. I shall remember that image forever; it is how I will remember this play.

The night before seeing The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer as part of the LuminaTO festival, my friend Mike gave me a book about psychopaths. He thought it might help me out in the corporate world. Clinical analysis shows that psychopaths appear more normal than normal.

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Review: The Africa Trilogy – Volcano Theatre in association with LuminaTO

By Megan Mooney

Three plays involving Africa grace the stage in Toronto during LuminaTO 2010

The Africa Trilogy

You know when something is hotly anticipated, and then you go see it, but you’re worried about how your expectations will affect your enjoyment of the show/movie/book? Well, I was a little worried about how I’d feel about The Africa Trilogy, playing as part of LuminaTO 2010 because I wanted it to be great. Luckily, it was great.

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Help My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding win a Dora

By Sam Mooney

My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding is in the running for the “Audience Choice” Dora award

And you can help them win. Did you love MMLJWW? I did! Mooney on Theatre reviewed it three times – by Sam, Megan and Leanne. I’d be so happy to see it win the Dora for the Audience Choice Award. We can all help. The Audience Choice Award is the only Dora that the public can vote for. Let’s all vote!

Go to Now Magazine and scroll down the page to the box where you can enter your choice. Type in My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding – or just copy it from here and paste it in, fill in your personal info, click Submit. That’s it.

It’s probably a good idea for me to say that this is a personal endorsement and that Mooney on Theatre has been kind enough to let me post it here. (Being the mother of the editor has it’s perks…)

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Review: Dark Star Requiem – Tapestry New Opera (LuminaTO)

Dark Star Requiem was on stage for two nights only to open Toronto’s LuminaTO Festival

by Ryan Kerr


The world premiere of Dark Star Requiem – commissioned by Toronto’s Luminato 2010 Festival and co-produced with Tapestry New Opera – characterized the world AIDS epidemic with the flow of a Wikipedia article, the atonal melodies of modern oratorio, and the staging of a low-budget musical.

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Review: One Pure Longing: Táhirih's Search – LuminaTO

By Mira Saraf


One Pure Longing: Táhirih’s Search, playing as part of LuminaTO, is a beautiful piece that combines poetry, music and movement into a mosaic of the expression of faith and one’s love for God.

My friend Elizabeth and I did not arrive early enough for the first-come first-serve seating, and were greeted by a full house with only a handful of seats remaining together.

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Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of June 13, 2010

Plays that Caught Our Eye This Week

Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of June 13, 2010:

** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Megan, our editor, wish she could clone herself so she could check them all out.

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Review: Woyzeck- Red Light District

by Lucy Allen

New translation of German play brings insane circus to Toronto

Reid Linforth as Woyzeck and Eve Wylden as the Doctor in Woyzeck 2010

…What to say about Woyzeck? You know those plays you go and see when you’re in the mood for some simple entertainment that doesn’t require any deep thought? Red Light District’s Woyzeck, currently playing at the Lower Ossington Theatre, is not one of those plays. It’s odd, it’s abstract and it’s definitely something you need to be in the mood for. If you ARE in the mood for it though, it’s definitely worth checking out. Continue reading Review: Woyzeck- Red Light District