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Wayne Leung (1981-2019)

Wayne was the Managing Editor of Mooney on Theatre from 2012 - 2019 and will be sorely missed. His death from an apparent heart attack was a loss not just to Mooney on Theatre, but also to the Toronto Theatre Community at large. You can read our publisher Megan Mooney's tribute to him here here.

Wayne was a writer, editor and corporate communications professional who was thrilled to be a part of the Mooney on Theatre team. Wayne loved theatre ever since his aunt brought him to a production of Les Misérables at the tender age of ten . . . despite the fact that, at that age, the show’s plot was practically indiscernible and the battle scenes scared the bejeezus out of him. Wayne’s current list of likes ran the gamut from opera, ballet and Shakespeare to Broadway musicals, circus and Fringe theatre. Outside of the theatre Wayne’s interests included travel, technology and food.

Mooney on Theatre Recommends – 2014 SummerWorks Festival

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The SummerWorks Festival is a highlight of summer in Toronto, at least for those of us here at Mooney on Theatre. The festival features a mix of provocative, challenging, thought-provoking and controversial theatre, and once again our team has reviewed all of the theatre shows* in the festival.

We recommend that you go out and see as much as you can, but if you’re looking for a place to start, see the following list of recommendations for the shows that our staff think you should see at SummerWorks this year.

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Trace (Vertical City/Theatre Gargantua) 2014 SummerWorks Review

TraceThink back to your childhood, when your world was filled with wonders and thrills. If you have fond memories of huddling under a blanket fort with a flashlight and telling your friends or siblings ghost stories, then Trace, presented by Vertical City/Theatre Gargantua as part of Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival, is a show for you.

The site-specific show playing at ArtScape Youngplace is part art installation, part storytelling and part participatory theatre. The audience is first lead through an antechamber filled with antique artifacts to pique a sense of nostalgia that lingers throughout the performance. Continue reading Trace (Vertical City/Theatre Gargantua) 2014 SummerWorks Review

The Stranger (DopoLavoroTeatrale) 2014 SummerWorks Review

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Mama always told you not to talk to strangers … but hasn’t a stranger on the street ever caught your eye? Have you ever had the desire to just follow a stranger to see where they will lead you? Now’s your chance. DopoLavoroTeatrale wants to send you on an exciting, immersive adventure with The Stranger, presented as part of the Live Art series in Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival. Continue reading The Stranger (DopoLavoroTeatrale) 2014 SummerWorks Review

Jacqueries, Part 1 (Jacob Niedzwiecki) 2014 SummerWorks Review

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Jacqueries, Part 1, playing as part of Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival, is an immersive theatre/dance performance overlaid with music and visual elements accessed via an iPhone app. The show is the creation of Jacob Niedzwiecki; a choreographer, filmmaker and coder, Jacqueries is the perfect outlet to combine Niedzwiecki’s many disparate talents. Continue reading Jacqueries, Part 1 (Jacob Niedzwiecki) 2014 SummerWorks Review