Lucky 9 (TJ Dawe) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

TJ Dawe The Fringe program says that TJ Dawe is a “Fringe god”. I don’t know if TJ wrote that or if someone at Fringe wrote it but it doesn’t matter. TJ Dawe is wonderful. How is it that I’ve never seen him before? I’ll certainly make sure I see him again.

Lucky 9 is a monologue about life. It kind of zigs and zags around a bit, sometimes hops from one thing to another, and is lovely.

Dawe’s presentation is low-key for the most part although he was very animated when he was talking about the Olympics – and tax attorneys.

He talked about his childhood, his sister’s knitting and crafting, his mother, his father’s enthusiasm about The Wire, Dr. Gabor Mate’s books (I’m definitely buying two of them), the Enneagram of personality, addictions and chasing dopamine, and his own personal develop.

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Saucy Jack: Tethersend Productions – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Crystal Wood

The story of Jack the Ripper has gone unsolved for 120 years, so don’t expect any answers by seeing this production of Saucy Jack at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. What you will see is a 60-minute exploration of the infamous serial killer that feels more like a lively university lecture than a dramatic narrative.

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Heart-Strings: Tanya Elchuck – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Amber Landgraff

Have you ever wondered why our hearts do the things that they do? Have you ever felt the extreme emotions of a break-up and thought that you’d be better off without a heart to break? Heart-Strings, created by Tanya Elchuck and Amy Crnkovic, uses physical theatre and clown influence to explore the story of one Girl and her Heart.

Girl bemoans the fact that her Heart didn’t come with instructions, and looks for answers about why it acts the way it does. Eventually, tiring of the emotional ups and downs that come with having a heart, Girl decides that she would be better off getting rid of Heart altogether. She discovers that getting rid of your Heart isn’t that easy after all.
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Fringe for Free: Win a pair of tickets to tonight's performance of Joe White and the Seven Divorcees

Contest post by Megan Mooney

Enjoy Joe White and the Seven Divorecees tonight at 10:30 – if you’re feeling lucky enter the contest and see it for free!

contest-web-graphic So, tomorrow is a holiday, which means you get to sleep in, so I think a perfect way to spend this evening is going to a musical comedy at 10:30 at night.

Mooney on Theatre is giving away a pair of tickets to tonight’s 10:30 performance of Joe White and the Seven Divorcees, and winning is dead easy.

Just send an email to with the subject heading "Joe White Contest" and you’ll be automatically entered.   Don’t worry, we won’t use your email for anything other than this contest.

The draw will be held at 8pm tonight.  If you have a cell phone you may want to include your number in the email so that we can text you if you’re the winner.

Check out the press release below to find out more information about Joe White and the Seven Divorcees.

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Reviews of shows in the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival

There are a few different places to get reviews for Fringe, but only two that are going to cover every shows.

The first is Mooney on Theatre, and the second is EYE WEEKLY

Check back regularly to see what new reviews have been posted.  EYE has more writers so will likely get stuff up a bit quicker than us, but ours will be a bit longer and more details.

I suggest you check out both. 

Reviews will be posted in chronological order, so, if you’re looking for a review of a specific show I suggest you use the search box in the left column.


Want more information about a 2010 Toronto Fringe show?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s be honest, the little blurb available to people through the Fringe listings on the website and program listings often doesn’t tell you much about the show.

That’s why we are publishing all the press releases we get from production companies here on Mooney on Theatre. That way you can find out more about the show.

Just enter the name of the show you want to find out about into the search box on the top of the left column.

2010 Toronto Fringe Festival Buzz

The best way to find out about what is hot and what is not at Fringe Festivals is through word-of-mouth.

That used to just mean talking to people when you were standing in line waiting to go to a show, or while you’re regrouping at the Fringe Club.

But these are the days of technology, so there’s an added way to catch the buzz, twitter.

If you have something to say about the festival use the hashtag #FringeTO so that everyone hears you.  And, if you want to find out what Mooney on Theatre has to say, follow us @moneyontheatre

Our goal is to do a daily round up of the buzz we hear throughout the day and publish it here on Mooney on Theatre.  We encourage you to add your own buzz in the comments section.

Free ticket giveaways for Fringe on Mooney on Theatre

contest-web-graphic Keep your eyes open on this spot during the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival for your chance to win tickets.

The contest will be easy.  You’ll just have to send an email.  We’ll do a random draw and notify the winner. And, don’t worry, we’re not going to use your email address for anything else, just this contest.

Happy Fringing everyone!

Review: Triple Threat

by George Perry

Going to a play in the middle of the G20 Summit was an interesting thing. But Triple Threat, playing upstairs in the Berkeley Street Theatre, was waiting.

photo of Christopher Sawchyn, Roger Bainbridge and Jeffrey R. Smith

Triple Threat happened to be playing at The Berkely Street Theatre while the G20 summit had downtown Toronto locked down.

I headed out into the rain, hailed a cab, and gave the driver directions.

“Into the siege! The belly of the beast!”

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Review: Kisageetin: A Cabaret

By Adelina Fabiano

Standing ovation for a powerful, poetic and passionate cabaret at a Toronto Theatre!

Bring together a sexy powerful voice, a sassy sax player and charming pianist and storyteller…and what do you get? Kisageetin: A Cabaret! With only one performance to go at the Canadian Stage Berkeley St theatre, this cabaret was worth running to (in spite of the G20 mayhem!). Playing in the intimate and characteristic space of one of the Berkeley theatres, this superb show deserves the accolades it is about to receive! Continue reading Review: Kisageetin: A Cabaret