All posts by Samantha Wu

Samantha is both a writer and a fan of the arts and has been able to find numerous ways to pair the two. Aside from being an editor here at Mooney on Theatre, she's a photojournalist for Been Here Done That, a travel, dining and tourism blog that focuses on Toronto and abroad and previously for  Lithium Magazine, which got her writing and shooting about everything from Dave Matthews Band to Fan Expo. She's passionate about music, theatre, photography, writing, and celebrating sexuality -- not necessarily in that order. She drinks tea more than coffee, prefer ciders over beers, and sings karaoke way too loudly. You can follow her on various social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Every Silver Lining (Silver Lining Productions) 2020 Next Stage Review

Photo of Allison Wither and Laura Piccinin in the promo photo for Every Silver Lining

Returning to the Next Stage Festival after a hugely successful run at the 2019 Toronto Fringe is Every Silver Lining, a refreshing new musical that is both light and youthful and a downright tearjerker. The story and music hit at just the right level; these characters sound like teenagers living through teenage lives, and as we’ve all lived through these years, you are bound to laugh, cry, and relate.

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Review: Anastasia (Mirvish with Hartford Stage)

Mirvish presents the new Broadway musical Anastasia in Toronto

Anastasia, the musical, is the animated movie come to life. On stage now through the holiday season is the tale of a young peasant girl with a troubled past and a dazzling future. Could she be the long lost grand duchess Anastasia? This new musical, presented by Mirvish and directed by Darko Tresnjak, transports the audience from a winter wonderland in Russia to a glitzy Paris in the roaring 20’s.

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Review: If I Could #Throwback Time (Second City)

Second City brings audiences on a trek through nostalgia for their 83rd main stage show

For their 83rd (wow!) main stage revue, Second City presents If I Could #Throwback Time — a sketch variety show that brings the audience on a trip through nostalgia with nods to Power Rangers, ET, and old school video games. As with any Second City show, there’s a chance you may be prompted on stage or otherwise asked to get involved, but one thing is for sure, you’re bound to laugh.

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Review: Stories in the Woods (Frog in Hand)

Frog in Hand presents a dystopian journey into the deep unknown with Stories in the Woods

A mysterious walk through the cold woods at night turns into an eerie exploration into a dystopian future where climate change has rendered the world nearly unlivable. For two nights, Frog in Hand led a group of wanderers deep into the unknown where dancers utilized a haunting soundscape, the deep woods and rough terrain in the dark, and strategic lighting to illustrate a tale of what could possibly be in Stories in the Woods.

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Review: A Streetcar Named Desire (Soulpepper)

Soulpepper Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ explosive classic on stage

One of Tennessee Williams‘ most celebrated works, A Streetcar Named Desire, is easily one of the most formidable plays of the 20th Century. Whether you’ve seen the stage production before or were introduced to the production by The Simpsons, there’s no denying how much elements from this play have been integrated into popular culture. Soulpepper Theatre now welcomes you to the sweltering heat of New Orleans, where tensions run high in Stella and Stanley’s dilapidated apartment.

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