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Mooney on Theatre

Online Publication Celebrating Theatre in Toronto

Mooney on Theatre is an online publication celebrating theatre in Toronto, in a down-to-earth, accessible way. Our grandiose goal at Mooney on Theatre is to demystify theatre.

People in the theatre industry always seem so shocked when they hear that people are intimidated by theatre, but the truth is, they really are. So, we try to let people know what to expect from a show, to help minimize the intimidation so many feel when it comes to theatre.

We want to remind people that they don't have to have theatre training, or be "culturally rich" or anything like that to enjoy theatre, they just have to go.

Mooney on Theatre includes contributions from writers with a variety of levels of experience with theatre writing about specific productions as well as thoughts on theatre in general.

"In my dream world, theatre becomes an art form of the masses again. These days, all too often, theatre is seen as an elite art form, something fancy. I want theatre to be available, accessible and considered as an option for 'waddaya wanna do tonight' conversations." – Megan Mooney, Founding Editor
Toronto Theatre Review: Disney's Aladdin Not Ready for Prime

Toronto Theatre Review: Disney's Aladdin Not Ready for Prime Time

It's clear, watching even just the first few minutes of Broadway-bound <em>Aladdin</em> at the Ed Mirvish Theatre that the Disney production team is hoping for another <em>Lion King</em>. Unfortunately, unless there are some significant changes made, I cannot with any confidence predict Broadway success.
11/25/2013 12:28 EST
Review: Toronto's New Definitive Production of Les

Review: Toronto's New Definitive Production of Les Misérables

<em>Les Misérables</em> is a bonafide phenomenon of the stage. That 25th anniversary tour is the basis for this new Canadian production that Mirvish is currently presenting in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This new version is completely re-thought and re-designed.
10/14/2013 10:53 EDT
Theatre Preview: Playwright Michael Healey Takes on Stephen Harper in

Theatre Preview: Playwright Michael Healey Takes on Stephen Harper in Proud

Dora Award-winning playwright Michael Healey's play <em>Proud</em> has also courted controversy throughout its history. The play is thoroughly political but it also transcends politics. If you're in any way engaged in political discourse in this country you owe it to yourself to see <em>Proud</em>.
09/06/2013 12:40 EDT
Theatre Review:

Theatre Review: "Jacqueries" Is a True iTheatre Experience

A heist is going down in Toronto and you're invited to infiltrate a secret world of operatives, agents and radicals. All you need is your iPhone. F/, a Toronto-based dance company, has created <em>Jacqueries</em>; a promenade-style dance/theatre hybrid layered with digital elements that audiences experience via an iPhone app.
07/17/2013 05:02 EDT
What Is a Fringe Festival

What Is a Fringe Festival Anyway?

Fringe festivals are all about providing an accessible avenue for independent theatre artists to produce and perform their work in front of an audience. The Fringe is really the essence of theatre; virtually anybody can submit a show to the Fringe and the festivals place no limits on content so shows can be bold, raw and uncensored.
07/08/2013 12:13 EDT