So, don’t forget that there are also reviews of 2008 Toronto Fringe shows on blogTO!
Review by Megan Mooney
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.
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
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*
by Megan Mooney
Okay, so, I’ve already mentioned that I’m excited about the Fringe. But, as I sit down to do my Fringe planning I find myself tempted to pull all the hair out of my head strand by strand. The problem? The Fringe website.
In a little over a week, a huge theatre festival will take place in 30 venues across Toronto. An interesting side note, something I just noticed while counting out venues, there is no venue 13. Theatre people a superstitious bunch? No no, not us! Right, sorry, back on track. 30 venues across the city, showing 150 shows. Without a doubt the biggest theatre festival in Toronto, and this year is the 20th anniversary.
by Megan Mooney
When you think of theatre, what do you think of? I’m betting for the most part people think of a proscenium arch, actors on a stage behind that arch acting out a story for the audience.
One of the best lessons I have ever learned about theatre I learned in my first year of university. I was in an ‘Introduction to Theatre’ being taught by Ric Knowles. Ric taught us that theatre was everywhere. We went to a baseball game, to a religious ceremony, we went to dance performances and the opera, and we even when to a few shows that could be considered almost ‘traditional’ theatre.
by Megan Mooney
Well, theatre in Toronto is heating up for the summer (ha ha, get it? summer? heat? man, I’m just sooo funny).
Then there’s the Fringe festival July 2 – 13, which I have heard being affectionately called “summer camp for grown ups”.
Then in August there’s the Summerworks festival August 7-17.
Plus, of course, there’s all sorts of other non-festival things going on.
Gotta say, I love this city!
Review by Erin Klee
I met Louis Negin, co-creator and solo performer of The Glass Eye (which played at this year’s LuminaTO festival), in a coffee house a couple months ago.
We discovered each other under the best of circumstances; I knew nothing of him, and he knew nothing of me. We had each glanced up from our morning coffees and noticed the other. (He had disheveled white hair, inquisitive eyes, and a newspaper; I extricated myself from a backpack heavy with books and an ever-present laptop computer.) We both smiled. I can’t recall who spoke first.