Profiles

Feature: The Corona Variations (Convergence)

Photo of a telephone by Fei Peng Hu

In the past several years, a phone call has begun to seem almost invasive, the unhappy middle between in-person nonverbal cues and the ability to carefully craft one’s sentences in text. Now that we can’t be in the same place, and screens are tiring and omnipresent, perhaps it’s time for a resurgence. Convergence Theatre’s The Corona Variations, written and directed primarily by Julie Tepperman, is theatre inspired by our current anxieties about the world around us and the changes to our lives as we knew them. It’s theatre that “phones home.”

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MoT Profiles: The Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)

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It’s week two of the 41st Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. I love that the festival has been running longer than a lot of the audience – and performers – have been alive.

I regret that this is the first time I’ve been to the festival. It won’t be the last. It’s the kind of theatre that I love: adventurous, experimental and entertaining. Young artists stretch their wings, and established artists step out of their comfort zones to try new things. Continue reading MoT Profiles: The Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)

MoT Profiles: Drag Heals (Border2Border Entertaiment)

Photo of Rose Dior in Drag Heals by Dahlia Katz

Tracey Erin Smith’s “Drag Heals” sits at the intersection of theatre and television, of drag and solo monologue performance. But then, the lines in drag have always been blurred, in a good way – here, we’re just blurring them a little more.

The performances at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, a culmination of a five-week process, were shot to provide finale material for the second season of Smith’s TV show, produced by Border2Border Entertainment. The show began on a whim with documentary footage shot of her last class.

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Remembering Wayne Leung (1981-2019) Mooney on Theatre’s Managing Editor 2012-2019

collage of photos of Wayne Leung for a memorial post on Mooney on Theatre

Paying tribute to Wayne Leung (1981-2019): passionate theatre advocate and MoT Managing Editor

I first met Wayne in 2011 when I interviewed him for the position of Assistant Editor at Mooney on Theatre. I remember sitting across from him with my Managing Editor at the time, Mira Saraf, and feeling like I was interviewing myself. It was an eerie feeling. His philosophies on theatre and business felt like a complete match for mine. Even the examples he used when answering questions often felt like word-for-word matches to ones I’d used in my own interviews for other positions.

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Talking Fringe – Matthew Eger writes and stars in To Be Alone With You at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival

10300156_832853753460343_4909962304166201495_nLove, loss, and acceptance are the focus of Matthew Eger’s To Be Alone With You, a one-man show set in the aftermath of a suicide and playing as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Matthew explores each with passion as he examines the world and himself and he spoke with me to provide more depth behind this show and his journey:

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