Psycho Bitch (P.K. Pin Up)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By: Adelina Fabiano

 Honest and heartfelt performance at the Toronto Fringe

 A topic we probably often read about in private, but not talked about openly, mental illness is the theme of Psycho Bitch, a one woman show, playing in the Solo Room at the Randolph Center for the Arts. It is about accepting oneself and accepting those close to you. Psycho Bitch, speaks to all of us, whether we admit it or not. Continue reading Psycho Bitch (P.K. Pin Up)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

The Flying Avro Arrow Musical Comedy (Fly Avro Arrow from Toronto) 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Sam Mooney

In March I saw a staged reading of The Flying Avro Arrow Musical Comedy as part of the New Ideas Festival. I enjoyed it and ‘dibsed’ it then so I could cover it during Fringe.

Doug Warwick wrote and scored The Flying Avro Arrow Musical Comedy and Anne MacMillan directed it. There are 11 people in the cast – I’m sure that’s the largest cast I’ve seen in a Fringe show.

It seemed appropriate to see something so Canadian on Canada Day. The cancellation of the Avro Arrow affected thousands of Canadians and was responsible for a huge brain drain of Canadians to the US space program. It’s been the subject of a movie, books, articles, controversy, and conspiracy theories so why not a musical comedy.

I enjoyed it. Doug Warwick obviously had fun writing it and didn’t let the facts confine him. I’m pretty sure that William Shatner wasn’t ever a security guard at Avro.

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David and Jonathan (BrokenOpen Theatre) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Crystal Wood

Remember when you were young and just beginning to question the universe? Maybe you still are? It’s something everyone experiences, which could be why David and Jonathan (presented by BrokenOpen Theatre) is likely to resonate with Fringe audiences.

David and Jonathan are two young men whose world changes when they move from a small Mennonite town to attend theatre school in the big bad city of ‘Tronna. They soon learn that the world is different than what Bible camp might have prepared them for, and their self-reflection takes these old friends down increasingly divergent paths.
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Everybody Panic! (Apocalypse Later) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Amber Landgraff

When picking shows to see at this year’s Fringe I tended to gravitate towards comedies. I can always do with a good laugh and Everybody Panic!, presented by Apocalypse Later, was a comedy after my own heart.

The four-person cast featuring Jocelyn Geddie, Marcel Dragonieri, Ann Pornel and Brandon Hackett, was strong all around. They knew how to play off of each other and had great energy. The audience was laughing from beginning to end.
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Fringe For Free! The Flying Avro Arrow Thurs July 1 at 8pm

contest-web-graphic Apparently we’re in musical mode right now.  Last night we had a draw and sent someone to see the musical comedy Joe White and the Seven Divorcees for free.  Tonight we’re going to do a draw for a pair of tickets to The Flying Avro Arrow, another musical comedy.

This is one that Mooney on Theatre has already reviewed, sort of.  It was involved in the 2010 New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre and Sam checked it out.  She loved it.

In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s going to the show tonight…

For your chance to win a pair of free tickets to tonight’s 8pm show, just send an email to contests@mooneyontheatre.com with the subject line "Avro Arrow Contest".  A random draw will be held for the winner at 6pm.  Include your name in the email, and if you have a cell number, include it so that if you win, we can text you and let you know.

As always, we won’t do anything untoward with your email address, the only thing we’ll use it for is this specific contest.

Check out The Flying Avro Arrow press release below for more information.

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All or None (Handlar Productions)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Adelina Fabiano

Wedding bliss comes to the 2010 Toronto Theatre Fringe

With only one month to go before I marry, I had a lot to relate to in my first Fringe show of the year. All or None (Handlar Productions), written and directed by Andrew Hanna and Kristoffer Pedlar, takes a look at the internal chaos festering inside the mind of a bride-to-be. Continue reading All or None (Handlar Productions)-2010 Toronto Fringe Review

The Shakespeare Show (Monster Theatre) – 2010 Toronto Fringe Review

By Megan Mooney

A speculative quasi-history lesson about Shakespeare takes the stage at Toronto Fringe

Okay, so, the title of this one is actually longer than the above subject heading would suggest. The full title is: The Shakespeare Show: Or, how an illiterate son of a Glover became the Greatest Playwright in the World The show is as fun as the title.

Since the mid 1800s people have been debating who actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays, and there have been several different opinions put forward about several different potential writers. The most common and viable one put forward these days is Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. This play presents us with what that might have looked like.

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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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