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.

Review: Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom (Canadian Stage)

Photo of Stephen Jackman-Torkoff and Salvatore Antonio in Botticelli in the Fire by Cylla von TiedemannCanadian Stage partners with York University’s Theatre Department for a stunning double feature in Toronto

Canadian Stage is collaborating with York University’s Theatre Department to produce a provocative and eye-opening double feature at the Berkeley Street TheatreBotticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom. Namely, the directors for these two shows, Matjash Mrozewski and Estelle Shook respectively, graduated from York’s MFA Program in Theatre – Stage Direction last year.

They bring a fresh and youthful voice to these stories: a retelling of two events, one historic and one mythical, bringing a stark modern-day sensibility to these tales that renders the stories both captivating and highly relevant.

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Review: Caught (Theatre Passe Muraille)

Photo of Sabryn Rock, Meegwun Fairbrother and Jakob Ehman in CAUGHT by Michael CooperCaught is an intense interrogation drama playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto

Caught, the latest production at the Theatre Passe Muraille backspace, is 75 minutes of interrogation intensity that drags up aspects of blame, entitlement, racial tension, gender tension, gaslighting, assault, and consequence to the here and now in painful and glaring ways. It’s intense and uncomfortable and far from a leisurely night at the theatre. For all of these reasons, Caught is worth seeing.

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Review: GIG (Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live)

GIG

The latest musical at the Panasonic Theatre fails to impress Toronto audiences

Craig Martin, producer of Classic Albums Live, presents GIG, a new musical about life in the music industry that’s chock full of the lights, glitz, glamour and all the tropes you’d expect — the Diva, the Rock Star, the Rapper, the New Talent, the Groupie, the Agents and the fans. On paper, it sounds like a show that could be a lot of fun. In actuality, it’s misshapen and cringe-worthy.

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Review: Betroffenheit (Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre/Canadian Stage)

Betroffenheit

The hit dance production Betroffenheit returns to the Canadian Stage for a limited engagement

For an incredibly limited time engagement (until February 21), Canadian Stage brings back Betroffenheit, the dance/spoken word/movement piece that made waves during it’s initial debut during the 2015 Panamania. This performance that is at times unnerving, at times uncomfortable, at times zany, and all around eye-opening debuted to a packed house and currently what tickets are still available for the remaining performances are few and far in between.

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