All posts by Megan Mooney

Megan loves being in the thick of all things theatre, but her ultimate goal is to promote theatre to the world of non-theatre people. It was the same when she was the theatre writer for blogTO, or the Fringe Correspondent for CBC Radio One‘s Here and Now, as it is as the founder of Mooney on Theatre. Her basic belief is that there is theatre/performance out there for everyone to love, they just need to find it. This is not to be confused with the idea that everyone should love theatre for theatre’s sake, in fact, as obsessed as she is with theatre, even *she* doesn’t love all types of theatre.

Please Stand Clear – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release
Please Stand Clear – House of Rebels’ Third Premier at the Toronto Fringe
With Please Stand Clear, House of Rebels debuts a dark comedy that is unafraid to address the difficult topic of suicide. More specifically, the reluctance our society has in discussing suicide. The play is offensively honest, and is prepared to shock as well as entertain. With Please Stand Clear, the goal is to normalize communication about difficult topics such as suicide and self-harm through comedy, and make taboo topics more comfortable and acceptable to talk about.
Featuring playwright Ross Hammond and actor/writer Anthony Di Feo returning to share the stage following their performance in 2017’s The Resurrectionists (also a part of the Toronto Fringe Festival). Directed by Raeburn Ferguson – nominated for Best Director at the ACT-CO Awards, and Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre & Education Manager. Lighting and Sound Design provided by Kelly Anderson of Theatre by Committee.
More information about company and play can be found at
House of Rebels Theatre
In association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents;
Please Stand Clear
Written by Ross Hammond
Directed by Raeburn Ferguson
Starring Anthony Di Feo and Ross Hammond
Lighting and Sound Design by Kelly Anderson
Stage Managed by Madeleine Monteleone
July 4th to July 14th, 2019
July 4th, 7:45pm
July 6th, 1:30pm
July 7th, 6:15pm
July 8th, 5:30pm
July 10th, 3:00pm
July 11th, 6:15pm
July 12th, 10:30pm
July 14th, 2:15pm
Please Note: there is absolutely no latecomer seating.
Tickets available starting June 6th
Theatre Passe Muraille (Backspace), 16 Ryerson Avenue. Toronto, ON.
By Phone: (416) 966-1062
In Person: During the festival at POSTSCRIPT, located in the hockey rink at 275 Bathurst St.

Table 7: A Plays in Cafes Creation – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release

Whose Side Are You On?

Table 7 – A Plays in Cafes Creation

 Gentrification or Rejuvenation? Passion or Harassment? That may depend which side of the table you’re sitting on. Set in the ever-changing Regent Park neighbourhood, Table 7 allows you to witness an explosive situation between unlikely neighbours. When each perspective tells a different story, how do you determine who is in the wrong? In this show it’s the audience who must decide.

Shadowpath, a charitable arts organization, was founded in 2002 and prides itself on turning everyday spaces into creative places. Table 7 takes advantage of its true to the story location, taking place in Regent Park at Paintbox Bistro, our 2019 venue partner.

Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Shadowpath has been able to develop The Femme Five, a three-year initiative that nurtures leadership in female theatre creatives. Shadowpath’s 5th Toronto Fringe BYOV play is a Femme5 creation, featuring an all-female production team and cast.

Written by Chantal Forde and directed by Mandy Roveda, this team is reunited after their successful 2017 production of GREY (NOW Outstanding New Play & Outstanding Ensemble, Critics’ Pick Award for Outstanding Ensemble). Roveda is also known for her extraordinary direction of BikeFace which garnered the 2018 Fringe Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe.

The incredible cast includes Julia Beaulieu (nominated for a 2019 Dora for her ensemble work with Solar Stage), Tea Nguyen (part of the 2017 Fringe hit NASTY), and Fringe newcomers Violet Mount, Kaila Hunte, and Alexandrine M’Banga.

Judgements are passed quickly. Biases filter our world view. And sometimes we just don’t like a person. How will you come to your decision of what really happened at Table 7?

Shadowpath Theatre in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents

Table 7 – A Plays in Cafes Creation

Producers: Alex Karolyi, Alene Degian, Maissa Bessada, Tea Nguyen

Written by: Chantal Forde

Directed by: Mandy Roveda

Starring: Julia Beaulieu, Kaila Hunte, Alexandrine M’Banga, Violet Mount, and Tea Nguyen

Co-stage managed by: Alene Degian and Chantal Forde

Opens July 4th to July 13th 

Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON


Thursday July 4th, 4pm

Friday July 5th, 7pm

Saturday July 6th, 2pm

Wednesday July 10th, 1pm

Thursday July 11th, 4pm

Friday July 12th, 7pm

Saturday July 13th, 2pm


Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.


Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St. E, Toronto ON

Tickets go on sale June 6, 2019, $13 advanced tickets

Purchase online:

By Phone: 416-966-1062

In Person: During the festival at POSTSCRIPT, the patio at the Toronto Fringe. Located in the Hockey Rink at 275 Bathurst Street (Dundas + Bathurst).

Palabra Flamenco: Fox Woman – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release


Fox Woman

In association with the Toronto Fringe Festival

Palabra Flamenco presents Fox Woman, a 45-minute depth-charge of flamenco dance and music combined with oral storytelling. When a mysterious and powerful fox woman appears unexpectedly in his hut, a lonely hunter is forced to choose between the wild and the tamed.

Their relationship grows. How to accommodate one another? What do we risk when we accommodate too much? And if violence emerges, do we recognize it? Do we leave? Before the West cultivated hatred of the wild, before today’s ecological crisis, there was a love affair. Flamenco dancer and storyteller Denise Yeo retells this Siberian myth accompanied by her husband, accomplished flamenco guitarist Gareth Owen. With an array of evocative, traditional flamenco dances, Yeo embodies Fox Woman and
the Hunter through hypnotic and improvised movement and rhythm, drenched with the darkest impulses.

Flamenco has its origins around the hearth fire. Known for its contrast of incendiary emotion and control, percussive rhythms, and expansive representations of womanhood that include strength, resiliency, playfulness, mockery, empowerment, and pride, it is uniquely equipped for this story. This is joy tall as the
flame, joy with ash in its teeth.

VENUE Streetcar Crowsnest Studio (345 Carlaw Avenue).

July 3 (6:45pm), July 5 (9:30pm), July 6 (8:30pm), July 7 (3:15pm), July 9 (4:30pm), July 11 (6:00pm), July 13 (1:30pm).

“There’s virtuosity to burn… Let it wash over you.” — The Georgia Straight
“Passionate and desolate … A gift to behold!” — Showbill Canada
“Denise Yeo is a spitfire…” — Janis La Couvée, theatre reviewer
“Gareth Owen plays like he has a hundred fingers…” — The Georgia Straight

TICKETS Tickets are $11. Purchase them online at, by telephone 416-966-1062, or in person at the Fringe Box Office at 275 Bathurst Street (in the Hockey Rink south of Scadding Court) or at the venue one hour prior to performances. Please note there is absolutely no latecomer seating.


Pack Animals – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

Scantily Glad Theatre in association with the Toronto Fringe Festival presents


July 4-13, 2019 at Randolph Theatre

Ever been to summer camp? Took a shit in the woods and wiped using pages from your guidebook?
Speared the patriarchy on a hot dog stick and toasted it over a roaring fire?

Inspired by co-creators Holly Brinkman and S.E. Grummett’s experiences as an overachieving Cub Scout and a slacker Girl Guide, respectively, Pack Animals offers up a queer camp adventure through the untamed forest of gender roles, sexuality, friendship, and bushcraft. Interweaving musical and physical comedy, puppets, and searing cynicism, Scantily Glad Theatre presents another raunchy feminist comedy sure to make the audience “laugh as much as it makes them squirm” (Cult MTL).

“If Tina Fey & Amy Poehler made Moonrise Kingdom… but more gay.” ★★★★ – Saskatoon StarPhoenix

One of the Hottest Shows of the 2019 Orlando Fringe Festival 
“Integrating scatological satire and strident feminist polemic with ukulele solos and horny hand puppets […]
A postmodern Lucy-and-Ethel pairing.” – Orlando Weekly
Best of Fest – “A knee-slapping, thought-provoking hoot of a show” – Orlando Sentinel
Best of Venue & Critics’ Pick – 2018 Saskatoon Fringe Festival

Pack Animals proudly makes its Toronto premiere July 4-13 at Randolph Theatre, as part of its 2019 Fringe tour from Orlando to Vancouver. In creating this show over the summer of 2018, S.E. Grummett was able to discover their own gender-queerness. Supported by fellow touring Fringe artists, Grummett came out onstage to friends and family in the audience while premiering the show at their hometown Fringe. This year, by taking this show on the road, Pack Animals hopes to empower fellow genderqueer and questioning folks across North America who may be having a similar journey.

Created and performed by Holly Brinkman and S.E. Grummett

Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.)

Thursday, July 4 – 6:45pm

Saturday, July 6 – 6:15pm

Sunday, July 7 – 4:30pm

Tuesday, July 9 – 8:30pm

Wednesday, July 10 – 10:15pm

Thursday, July 11 – 1:00pm

Saturday, July 13 – 2:45pm

Tickets available now: $11 + $2 service charge | Available at or at 416-966-1062

Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.

Maturity Rating: 16+ | Sexual content, language, nudity & BEARS!

Featuring a different guest artist “mansplainer” at every performance! 

For more information, visit & follow us on Facebook/Instagram @packanimalscomedy

Old-ish – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From Press Release
“Riveting storyteller” Susan Freedman returns to the Fringe circuit with her latest one-woman original comedy, OLD-ish. Sprinkled with Freedman’s signature wry sense of humour and boundless enthusiasm for life, OLD-ish chronicles the aging process in all its technicolour glory. Don’t miss your chance to experience OLD-ish, playing July 3-13 at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace as part of the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. Tickets are available (beginning June 9) via, by phone at 416-966-1062, or at the door.

OLD-ish is about eyeing that final curtain with humour and honesty. OLD-ish’s outlook is optimistic; love, connections and laughter are the keys to aging happily and the best dodge against sickness, both physical and mental. Freedman is having a good time, and takes us along for the ride. But there it is — lurking around the corner. Is it near or is it still far in the future? Who knows? In the meantime, Freedman’s laughing and learning the whole way.

This is Susan Freedman‘s fifth one-woman Fringe comedy, toured on the Fringe circuit last summer to effervescent acclaim. Her four previous shows have had critically acclaimed sold-out runs across the Canadian Fringe circuit. Directed by accomplished actor/writer/director (and Susan’s son) Alan Silverman (Lucifer, Supernatural).

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto

July 3 @ 6:30pm
July 5 @ 3:00pm
July 7 @ 8:00pm
July 8 @ 3:45pm
July 9 @ 10:15pm
July 10 @ 4:45pm
July 12 @ 5:15pm
July 13 @ 1:00pm
**Please note variable curtain times.

$11 (+ $2 service fee) via , by phone at 416-966-1062, or at the door.
Tickets may also be purchased during the festival at POSTSCRIPT, (the patio at the Toronto Fringe), located in the Hockey Rink at 275 Bathurst Street.
Advance Tickets on credit card have an additional $3 per order processing fee.