Megan Mooney’s Fringe Reviewers Round-Up

Guest post by Megan Mooney 

It’s here – the last weekend of the 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival. People are buzzing about shows, and reviews have been posted. You want to plan your weekend of Fringing, but where do you find the information?

That’s where this list comes in. It’ll help you connect with the buzz and find the publications publishing reviews.

Twitter is where it’s at this year

Twitter is the main information hub this year. Not just for general buzz, but reviews too. In some cases, it’s the only place people are publishing mini-reviews. (Still longer than those old Eye reviews, amirite?)

The quickest way to connect with the Toronto Fringe Festival on the Twitterverse is the hashtag #fringeTO.

But don’t just rely on the hashtag. It’s easy to forget to add it to a tweet, and some folks aren’t using it at all. If you have a Twitter account, follow the folks listed below. Then, periodically check the #fringeTO hashtag to see what others are saying.

Speaking of hashtags, keep an eye on #TheaTO for news and reviews of Toronto theatre the rest of the year.

Don’t have a Twitter account but still want to see the reviews? No problem. Unlike Facebook, Twitter lets anyone see tweets, account or not. Start with any of the accounts listed below, and you’ll be good to go.

A final thought: The landscape is full of amazing people busting their asses to get the word out. Many for without being paid. All the reviewers deserve support. But please be sure to click on articles from publications paying their writers.

It’s how we show them coverage is valuable and it’s important they continue to pay writers to provide it. As readers, clicks and shares don’t cost us anything, but they send the message to publications that we’re reading the content and it’s important to us.

Now for what you came here for,  check out the list of reviewers after the jump:

List of reviewers provided two ways:

  • A basic list with links only.
  • Same list, but with contextual annotations for those who are interested. (This is the kind of thing I love, but probably frustrates others)
Basic list of with links only


Publications with Reviews: 

NOW 
Also on Twitter: @nowtoronto

The Toronto Star
Also on Twitter: @torontostar

Parton and Pearl (Fringe coverage under “Comedy” and “Stage Reviews”)
Also on Twitter: @partonandpearl 

Intermission (New Young Reviewers)
Also on Twitter: @intermissionmag

Istvan Dugalin, Theatre Reviewer
Also on Twitter: @IstvanDugalin

My Entertainment World
Also on Twitter: @MyEntWorld

A View From the Box
Also on Twitter: @AVuefromtheBox 

Lights Up Toronto
Also on Twitter: @UpToronto

My Gay Toronto
Also on Twitter: @mygaytoronto

Sesay Arts
Also on Twitter: @SesayArts

Toronto Guardian
Also on Twitter: @TORGuardian


Twitter Reviewers:

Intermission – @intermissionmag  Using #IntermishAtFringe

Ilana Lucas – @ilanalucas

Steve Fisher – @GracingTheStage

Sam Mooney – @SamMooney7 

Oliver Georgiou – @o_georgiou Using #fringereview

 

Not reviewing, but follow for useful content:

The Fringe Festival official account: @Toronto_Fringe

Stageworthy Podcast: @stageworthypod

Megan Mooney: @msmeggiemoon

 


Annotated List


Publications with Reviews: 

NOW 
Also on Twitter: @nowtoronto
Always the go-to place for all things Fringe. This year, despite working with a skeleton crew owed back pay and no budget for freelancers, Glenn Sumi is still out there seeing shows and writing reviews. Make sure the publication, and Glenn, know how much we appreciate the coverage and how important it is with your clicks and shares.
Glenn Sumi on Twitter: @glennsumi 

The Toronto Star
Also on Twitter: @torontostar
The Star no longer has any staff theatre reviewers. Still, it is covering Fringe with three Freelancers this year: Joshua Chong, Karen Fricker and Aisling Murphy. The Star’s content isn’t behind a paywall, so have at it.
Find them on Twitter:
Joshua Chong – @joshualdwchong 
Karen Fricker – @KarenFricker2  
Aisling Murphy – @aisling_murph_  

Parton and Pearl (Fringe coverage under “Comedy” and “Stage Reviews”)
Also on Twitter: @partonandpearl 
Usually, Parton and Pearl focus on reviewing Comedy and Country, but they’re all in for Fringe. When I last checked, eight people (including some Mooney on Theatre Alum) had published reviews. The plan is to publish at least 51 reviews before the end of the festival.

I also noticed a tweet directing folks to their ‘support’ page saying, “Your support allows us to hire more writers so we can produce paid, weekly stories about Canadian comedians and musicians.” Welcome to one more source of paid Toronto performance coverage. The more traffic the site gets, the better placed they are for grant applications. Grants mean more money for writers. So, click and share my friends, click and share.

Intermission (New Young Reviewers)
Also on Twitter: @intermissionmag
While the bulk of Intermission’s Fringe coverage is being done on Twitter, a portion is being published directly in their publication. Specifically, the work by the New Young Reviewers (Supported by the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund). This year they are doing “Embedded Criticism,” which means they are involved in the rehearsal process and viewing the final production.

Istvan Dugalin, Theatre Reviewer
Also on Twitter: @IstvanDugalin
A one-person show in his own right, Istvan Dugalin is a former senior writer from Mooney on Theatre who branched out into his own publication. He does some prolific coverage. Check him out.

My Entertainment World
Also on Twitter: @MyEntWorld
Another person tackling things on their own is Kelly Bedard at My Entertainment World, and she’s doing a fantastic job of it. The link above will take you to all the general coverage, but if you just want reviews, she’s got an index available.

Other websites with reviews (in alphabetical order):

A View From the Box
Also on Twitter: @AVuefromtheBox 

Lights Up Toronto
Also on Twitter: @UpToronto

My Gay Toronto
Also on Twitter: @mygaytoronto

Sesay Arts
Also on Twitter: @SesayArts

Toronto Guardian
Also on Twitter: @TORGuardian

 

Twitter Reviewers:
Several folks are reviewing exclusively on Twitter this year. Here’s a list of folks to follow, but also scroll back on their feed and see what they’ve had to say so far.

Intermission@intermissionmag  Using #IntermishAtFringe
No, you’re not seeing double. Yes, I already listed Intermission. But only one small portion is going on the website. Most of their reviews are twitter-based. They are using the hashtag #IntermishAtFringe, and don’t seem to be adding #FringeTO. You’ll miss them if you’re going by #FringeTO alone. Which would be a shame because they’ve reviewed A LOT. Also, Twitter scuttlebutt tells me that they’re managing to pay their Fringe reviewers. So definitely give them a follow.

Ilana Lucas@ilanalucas
Former Senior Writer for Mooney on Theatre, current writer for Broadway World Toronto, vice-president of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association… I mean, she’s got a pretty good idea of what she’s talking about.

Steve Fisher@GracingTheStage
Steve’s been reviewing theatre for umpteen million years. Through Gracing the Stage, then Torontoist. He’s a fixture in the Toronto Theatre and Comedy world. He said he was attending Fringe as a “civilian” this year, but clearly, he’s about as good at that as I am.

Sam Mooney@SamMooney7 
Another former Senior Writer for Mooney on theatre (I’m sensing a theme) with a life-long passion for theatre – may or may not have been responsible for instilling a life-long passion for theatre in me. She also didn’t plan on reviewing this year. And yet, here we are.

Oliver Georgiou@o_georgiou Using #fringereview
Oliver is a Toronto comedian and actor offering reviews using the hashtag #fringereview. He’s done reviewing for this year, but you can look back at what he had to say already.

 

Not reviewing, but follow for useful content:

TheToronto Fringe official account: @Toronto_Fringe

Stageworthy Podcast: @stageworthypod

Megan Mooney: @msmeggiemoon

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Bygone Theatre was founded as a collective in October of 2012, and became an incorporated not-for-profit company in October of 2015. Our mandate is to produce theatre written or set in the early 20th century, focusing on historical aspects in design and incorporating a classic cinema aesthetic. ​ In 2019 Bygone Theatre was nominated for 14 Broadway World Toronto Awards, including Best Community Theatre and Best Play (Equity). We took home a total of 5 awards, 4 of which were for The Rear Window, including Best Direction of a Play (Equity); Best Original Lighting Design; Best Leading Actor (Play, Equity); and Best Featured Actress (Play, Equity). We took a hiatus our 2020/21 season because of the COVID19 pandemic, and used that time to develop our charitable initiatives. In August of 2021 we were nominated for the Toronto Star Readers' Choice Award for Best Live Theatre. Part of our mission involves inclusion and accessibility, and we strive to allow artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience the chance to have hands-on experience in whatever capacity they are most interested in; this has included youth outreach programs for high school students interested in production design, and acting opportunities for those who have never performed onstage.

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