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.

2014 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Killer Business – the Musical (Torrent Productions Inc.)

Killer Business - the Musical

Murder mystery meets musical comedy and more in Killer Business at the Next Stage Theatre Festival

Torrent Productions’ Killer Business – the Musical had its world premier last night as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. I love a show that isn’t afraid to go for the cheap laugh. Add some hummable songs, a murder mystery, snappy dialogue, and I’m a happy girl. Continue reading 2014 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Killer Business – the Musical (Torrent Productions Inc.)

The Shakespeare Challenge (Shakespeare in Action)

Calling all fans of the Bard, this is your chance take on a role in the Shakespeare Challenge

Shakespeare in Action is presenting their third annual Shakespeare Challenge on February 8th at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. The volunteer cast will be performing an abridged version of Twelfth Night.

Have you ever wanted to perform on stage in a Shakespeare play? Would you like to help bring Shakespeare to school audiences in Ontario? And to introduce a new generation to the joy of theatre?

This is your chance to be a champion, to learn something new, and to raise money for a terrific organization.

Here’s the challenge: each champion is asked to commit to the rehearsal schedule – six rehearsals, perform on stage, and raise $1500.00. You’ll get your own fund-raising web page and Shakespeare in Action will help you with tools and tips for successful fund-raising. You’ll be directed by Michael Kelly, Shakespeare in Action’s Artistic Director.

They still have space for a few more champions – no acting experience necessary.

Ready to sign up? You can register online at Eventbrite.

If you have questions or would like more information you can read about The Shakespeare Challenge and watch a short video or contact Kim Haladay or Mat Howard at 416-703-4881.

Information about making a donation or buying tickets will be on The Shakespeare Challenge web page in the next couple of weeks.

Kid +1 Review: Tea at the Palace (Puppetmongers Theatre)

Tea at the Palace

This great piece of puppet theatre is perfect for adults and kids alike, playing at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre

This afternoon Max (almost five), his mum, his mum’s best friend, and I (his grandmother) went to see Tea at the Palace at Tarragon Theatre. This Puppetmongers Theatre production has been a holiday tradition for 24 years. This is the last year that it will be produced in Toronto; it’s being retired from the Toronto repertoire.

Don’t despair, there are two more shows so you can still see it. Continue reading Kid +1 Review: Tea at the Palace (Puppetmongers Theatre)

Review: Heaven Above Heaven Below (Theatre Passe Muraille)

Haeven Above Heaven Below

Heaven Above Heaven Below is an intimate conversation playing at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille

Linda Griffiths’ play Heaven Above Heaven Below opened last night at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Backspace. Thirty years ago I saw her one-woman show Maggie and Pierre and I’ve never forgotten it. Not that I remember specific lines but I remember the feel and look of the play.

I think I’ll also remember Heaven Above Heaven Below. I might even remember some of the lines that I particularly loved.

Continue reading Review: Heaven Above Heaven Below (Theatre Passe Muraille)

Review: Winners and Losers (Crow’s Theatre and Canadian Stage)

Winners and Losers

Funny friendly banter gets personal in Winners and Losers playing at Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre

For some people Winners and Losers, which opened at Berkeley Street Theatre last night, will remind them of an evening spent with family or friends debating and arguing a wide range of subjects. In the beginning the topics are innocuous but they get political and then personal as the evening goes on and the need to win asserts itself.

For others the evening will build to a stomach-clenching crescendo of nastiness.

Continue reading Review: Winners and Losers (Crow’s Theatre and Canadian Stage)