What to see at Toronto Fringe 2020 – Sunday July 4 – Fringe Buzz

By Sam Mooney

Wondering which Toronto Fringe shows to see?

We’re here to help. Usually I get my Fringe buzz from people in line but that hasn’t happened yet this year. Two reasons:

  • I seem to have been running late for everything so I haven’t actually has an opportunity to line up
  • Today is just too hot to troll line ups

I was in the line for Lucky 9 on Wednesday – right at the back – and ended up talking with Barry Smith (Me, My Stuff and I: A Multimedia Comedy) and Keir Cutler (Teaching Shakespeare) who were waiting to see Lucky 9. It seems to me that fringe performers waiting to see another fringe performer is a good sign. And Lucky 9 was terrific!

Here are the shows people are talking about on Twitter and in the comments on Mooney on Theatre.

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J.H. (Scribe and Shooter) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Crystal Wood

The good thing about J.H. is that the actors really give it their all. The other good thing is that you can order food and drinks before the show.

I’m afraid that’s all I can say about this play before I inspire people to angrily disagree in the comments below. Listen, I wanted to like this play. I was ready to see some drama after a day of watching comedies. I was intrigued by the idea of using T Cafe on Bloor Street as a venue. I even liked the menu that doubled as a playbill. But despite that, I left the show feeling unsatisfied by what I had just seen.

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(Sponsored Post) The Whores at Toronto and Hamilton Fringe

By Megan Mooney

At Mooney on Theatre we are grateful for the support from our sponsors. We hope that to reward their support of the arts in Toronto you go and check out their show.

I’m talking about The Whores at the Toronto Fringe Festival. The show has been getting some positive buzz. I am hearing great things and hope I get a chance to see it.

Darreck Chua, the president of the board for the Toronto Fringe Festival (aka, the Toronto Fringe God) named this one as a play to see.

And, an awesome added bonus, A portion of the proceeds from these performances will go to support Maggie’s Toronto, an advocacy group for sex workers.

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Short Story Long (A Literary Tour de Force)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

by Lucy Allen

Toronto Fringe contest winner shows some great performances and writing for the stage.

I’ll admit, after a full day of Fringing and walking around in the sun, my feet were dragging by 10:30 on my way to the Tarragon to see Short Story Long. Not only was it late, but it was listed as a drama and I prayed that I’d be able to keep my eyes open through the more serious subject matter. By the time the show finished though, I and every other audience member were more awake than ever. Continue reading Short Story Long (A Literary Tour de Force)- 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Biome (Random Acts of Dance)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Adelina Fabiano

Using dance to explore ecological balance within our earth at a Toronto theatre

A commentary on the earth’s fragile nature, Biome, presented by Random Acts of Dance, uses choreography and improvisation to explore the natural process of the micro ecosystems beneath our feet working together to maintain balance and order on our planet.

The performance begins with an empty stage with blue light to create a sense of water and darkness. As a few more lights appear, we see two women standing downstage right and left. Our heads move simultaneously from each corner as each dancer creates a sudden sporadic movement with their head. Continue reading Biome (Random Acts of Dance)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

Leacock Live! (Act II Studio from Toronto) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

I went to see Leacock Live! because it’s presented by Act 2 Studio for Seniors – a program at Ryerson. It’s good to see older actors on the stage, I think we need to see more. And in a wide variety of roles, This isn’t just because I’m ‘older’. Older people bring a depth of life experience to the stage that young actors can only achieve by living for a long time.

The audience at today’s performance was older than the usual fringe audience and – judging by the applause – they loved the show.

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