I have been seeing so many shows that I haven’t had time to spend on my site. It’s both wonderful and sad at the same time. But tomorrow (Thursday) I have arranged it so that I’m not going to my first show until late afternoon, so I’ll be spending the majority of the day at Jet Fuel sipping lattes and pulling together content for this baby. I figured in the meantime though I’d reprint some of the reviews I’ve done for blogTO for the shows I highly recommend, since we’re running out of time for the festival. Please note, this is only a selection out of what *I* have seen. So I am no doubt missing some great shows in this list.
Keep reading for reviews re-posted from blogTO of:
– A Girl Named Ralph
– Exploding Breakfast
– JEM ROLLS: how i stopped worrying and learnt to love the mall
– One-Woman Show
– Stand up Monkey Poet
– Teaching the Fringe
Continue reading Toronto Fringe 2008 Recommendations (the short version)
First – go see Jem Rolls. Even if you have to skip something else.
His show is an hour of high-energy, full-body "theatricalised performance poetry". I had no idea what that meant when I read the blurb in the program but it sounded interesting so I went with no expectations.
Continue reading Jem Rolls – how i stopped worrying and learnt to love the mall by jem rolls (Toronto Fringe 2008 Review)
Review by Sam Mooney
My 82 year old mother and 15 year old niece are fringing with me for three days. My mother loves big musicals but she’s open to seeing other theatre. She sees this as an experience. My niece doesn’t have a lot of theatre-going experience. As a bonus, Megan was with us.
The play was long by Fringe standards, 85 minutes. It could have ended at least 5 minutes earlier. None of us really understood why the last scene was included.
Peter Treadwell, who played Dr. Watson and other characters, was terrific. Not that Nick Cumming and Tina Sterling weren’t.
Continue reading Sherlock Holmes & the First English Gentleman by Doug Warwick (Toronto Fringe 2008 Review)
Review by Megan Mooney
Okay, so, lets just get things started here by saying… GO TO THIS SHOW. Seriously. It’s a wonderful thing to behold.
Whether you agree with Panesh’s views or not, his passion and energy are infectious. Plus, the whole thing is bloody hilarious.
I debated about whether I should put a warning about ‘strong language’ after the jump. I decided I would, because if you can’t deal with ‘strong language’ you’re not going to enjoy this show, so you may as well skip the rest of the write-up.
Now, onto the bad words…
Continue reading Stand Up Monkey Poet – Matt Panesh (Fringe 2008 Review)
So, don’t forget that there are also reviews of 2008 Toronto Fringe shows on blogTO!
Review by Megan Mooney
Review of Damages: (Note: This is a longer version of my write-up on blogTO. The blogTO write ups include write-ups from multiple reviewers on multiple shows, check them out!)
I think this is a good play, but not executed as well as it could be. The two main actors in the show are veteran actors, I would put money on most people recognizing them. But there was something missing.
Continue reading Damages (Toronto Fringe 2008 Review)
Write ups by Megan Mooney
Fringe. Festival. Sapped. All. Energy…
Must. Post. Something…
Write ups after the jump of the following shows:
– Adam Growe’s The Mom and Pop Shop
– Nan loves Gerry
– Phat Love and the Thin Girl
Continue reading Toronto Fringe Reviews – The Mom and Pop Shop, Nan loves Gerry, Phat Love and the Thin Girl
So, I’ve been a bit derelict in my writing duties here lately because, well, I’m in the middle of
having a nervous breakdown moving.
Luckily, the other place I write for, blogTO, has a lovely little quick intro to Fringe written by someone else.
I urge you to go read Tatiana’s piece, you know, just to get you in the mood.
So, I’m doing Fringe planning right now. For two sites actually, the Mooney on Theatre coverage, as well as the blogTO coverage.
I just counted up the shows I’m planning to go to at this point and I’m at 48 shows, and I fully intend on going to more once I see where the gaps in coverage are. So, we’ll have to see if my brain turns to ooze, or if it all excites me so much I can’t sleep.
Only time will tell. *grin*
What can I say, theatre writers abound!
Ian MacKenzie over at Theatre is territory has complied a list of Canadian theatre blogs.
The idea is that the list will likely grow over time, so if you have any suggestions shoot them over his way.
Continue reading A list of Canadian Theatre Blogs