All posts by Sam Mooney

Always a theatre lover Sam realized in middle age that there's more to Toronto theatre than just mainstream and is now in love with one person shows, adores festivals, and quirky venues make her day.

Review: True (Criminal Theatre in association with Aluna Theatre)

True - Criminal Theatre

True takes a down-to-earth look at living with Alzheimer’s playing for a limited time at Citizenry Cafe in Toronto

Rosa Labordé’s play True opened tonight at Citizenry Café, a perfect venue for the piece. Not surprising. Labordé wrote the play specifically for the venue. It’s easy to see why, it’s a beautiful space.

True was a hit at this year’s Fringe Festival. This production is a remount with the original cast of incredibly talented actors who work really well together and make it all look easy with Labordé’s direction. If you missed seeing it during Fringe – as I did – go see it now. It’s wonderful. Continue reading Review: True (Criminal Theatre in association with Aluna Theatre)

Review: Savage in Limbo (Triple ByPass Productions)

Triple ByPass Productions makes their debut with Savage in Limbo at Toronto’s Storefront Theatre

Triple ByPass Productions is a new theatre company in Toronto and Savage in Limbo is their first production. I’m sure they’ve all worked very hard pulling it together. Unfortunately I just didn’t connect with it. I’m not sure why they chose this play as their inaugural production.

John Patrick Shaney wrote Savage in Limbo in 1984. It takes place in a very basic bar in the Bronx. Five people – all of them 32 – talk about their lives. It’s not a plot driven play, it’s about the characters. In fact it’s all about the dialogue; there is some resolution but there isn’t really a lot of action.

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Magician Rosemary Reid busks her way around the 2014 Fringe Club

photo of magician Rosemary RiedRosemary Reid is one of the buskers at this years Fringe Club. If she comes over to your table and asks if she can sit down and do some magic, say yes. We did and all five of us thought she was terrific.

She impressed us with her card tricks, always a good thing, but what really dazzled us was her wit and personality. She was at ease before she even sat down; funny, fast, and delightful. Rosemary is the reasonably calm looking one holding the folded playing card in the picture, the person laughing like crazy, Sonia (a former editor of Mooney on Theatre), is part of her audience.

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Tikva’s Orchestra (Lab Le Jeu) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

thomas morgan jones in tikvas orchestra photo by ginette mohrFor me lab le jeu inc’s production of Tikva’s Orchestra playing at Toronto Fringe Festival had a dreamlike quality which stayed with me after I left the theatre. I think it was my brain’s way of letting me appreciate the incredible beauty of the piece without being emotionally flattened by the story, which is harrowing.

Tikva is a Jewish cellist in Germany. She tries to save her fellow orchestra members from the Nazis.

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Watching Seana McKenna Watch Paint Dry (The Lactors’ Studio) 2014 Toronto Fringe Review

Watching Seana McKenna Watch Paint Dry

It was the title that made me want to see The Lactors’ Studio production of Watching Seana McKenna Watch Paint Dry at the Toronto Fringe this year. Then I read that the cast were lawyers, and that the play was written by lawyers (Peter Hamiwka and Diane Baker Mason), and I was truly intrigued.

A little more reading, some rudimentary math, and I realized that six of the twelve members of the cast had studied theatre or film, or worked in theatre before they became lawyers. Definitely a show I had to see. Definitely a show worth seeing. And, a bonus, it’s a play within a play, something I love.

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