Mooney on Theatre’s Most-Read Reviews for the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival

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After reviewing all 149 shows* in this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival we shared our list of the shows our staff recommend.

Now it’s your turn; we reveal the list of our readers’ most buzzed-about shows based on the popularity of their Mooney on Theatre reviews. So here’s the list of the top ten (ish) most-read Fringe reviews on Mooney on Theatre this year**:

1. King Stag (Randolph College)

2. Emotional Labour (Crimson Wave Productions)

3. Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance (Watercourse Theatre)

4. The December Man (Theatre@Eastminister)

5. Carpe into my DMs (We Are Sports)

6. Every Silver Lining (Silver Lining Productions)

7. Fuckboys the Musical (Generation Productions)

8. The Break-Up Diet (Angus Blue)

9. Clotheswap (Ladybros with the Textile Museum of Canada)

10. Be Kind, Rewind (Edge of the Sky)

The next few shows were so close in page views that we decided to give them all an honourable mention:

11. Please Stand Clear (House of Rebels Theatre)

11. Boy Falls From the Sky: Jake Epstein Live at Supermarket (Past Future Productions)

11. Through The Bamboo (Uwi Collective)


Ticketing Information

individual tickets to all mainstage and site-specific productions are $11 + $2 service charge , and can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.

The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.

Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.


*There are 152 shows in this year’s festival, however one show opted out of being reviewed, one cancelled performances, and one other is a staged reading of the winner of the 24-Hour Playwriting Contest held later in the festival.

**Most-read reviews are determined by the number of unique pageviews  for the post as of July 12, 2019 at 12:01AM.

4 thoughts on “Mooney on Theatre’s Most-Read Reviews for the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival”

  1. Will be interesting to see how many of these are also on the Patron’s Pick list…

  2. Definitly some overlap:

    Best of Fringe Toronto, presented by TO Live Winners:

    After the Beep;
    Boy Falls From the Sky: Jake Epstein Live;
    Carpe Into My DMs;
    Death Ray Cabaret;
    In Waking Life;
    Night Feed;
    The Huns;
    Three Men on a Bike;
    Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII

  3. Oh, wait you were asking about Patrons’ Pick, not Best of Fringe. Best of Fringe are the ones that go on to play again at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts July 19-29.

    Patrons’ Pick hasn’t been announced yet.

    When they do though, it will be important to remember that site-specific ones won’t qualify, and only one per venue, so there are ones on the above list that will be left out just based on that.

  4. Patron’s Pick winners:
    KidsFest – Radioactive Spyder
    Tarragon Solo Room – Congratulations!
    Tarragon Extraspace – Night Feed
    Tarragon Mainspace – Tita Jokes
    Al Green Theatre – Every Silver Lining
    Randolph Theatre – Into The Tango
    Annex Theatre – Omen The Musical
    St. Vladimir Theatre – The Princess Is The Pauper
    Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse – Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance
    Robert Gill Theatre – Drama 101: A New Musical
    Passe Muraille Mainspace – Clitoria: A Sex Positive Superhero!
    Passe Muraille Backspace – Allegra & Serena Presents: Twinsations
    Factory Theatre Studio – Emotional Labour
    Factory Theatre Mainspace – Through The Bamboo
    Streetcar Crowsnest Community Studio – Drink Of Choice
    Streetcar Crowsnest Guloien Theatre – The Huns

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