How Hard Could THAT Be? – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

At age twenty, Trent Arterberry decided that he would drop out of college, get married, buy a house, raise a family and pay for it all as a mime artist!  After all, he reasoned, “how hard could that be?” In his third appearance at the Toronto Fringe Festival, audiences will discover the answer for themselves as the show provides hilarious and poignant anecdotes from the life and times of one of Canada’s most well-traveled mime artists.

This new show, written and performed by Arterberry and directed by Gregg Goldston, debuted at the 2017 Victoria Fringe Festival. The show employs Arterberry’s signature blend of scenes of mime and music, woven together with amusing and revealing stories.

In How Hard Could That Be? we get to re-experience with him the halcyon days of mime in the ‘70s and ‘80s, as Arterberry rockets to the top of his profession, getting tapped by Capitol Records and opening for major music acts like BB King, Aerosmith, Julio Iglesias and The Kinks at Radio City Music Hall and the Maple Leaf Gardens.

But with the cultural backlash against mime in the late ‘80s, Arterberry’s career comes crashing back to earth. During this difficult period, he is forced to re-think and re-shape both his art and his life. “This show traces the arc of my career from early confusion to a meteoric rise, a shattering fall, then rebirth and redemption,” says Arterberry.

How Hard Could That Be? is a funny, touching and ultimately uplifting performance. Running from July 6-14 at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto.


  • How Hard Could THAT Be? plays at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Patrons who use wheelchairs or who cannot climb stairs are seated in the front row.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.


  • Friday July 6th, 6:45 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 12:45 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 4:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 2:00 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 9:30 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:45 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 12:15 pm

Photo of Trent Arterberry by Derek Ford