Progress Festival

Review: Class (Progress Festival / Scottee and Friends Ltd.)

Scottee in ClassA “stunning piece of theatre” both brutally funny and honest

There are two more performances of Class, Scottee’s one-person show. Go see it. It’s amazing. I can’t remember the last time I laughed as hard as I did last night. My stomach muscles are still tender this morning. I also can’t remember the last time I worked as hard to not sob during a performance. Or was as angry.

Class is part of the Progress Festival at The Theatre Centre. Earlier this week I saw Scottee’s show, Working Class Dinner Party and really enjoyed it. We spent 90 minutes trying to decide how to define working class. We didn’t arrive at a definition. Continue reading Review: Class (Progress Festival / Scottee and Friends Ltd.)

Review: Working Class Dinner Party (Progress Festival / Scottee and Friends)

photo of Scottee before Working Class Dinner PartygWorking Class Dinner Party is “a joy to have dinner with”

There are times when it doesn’t matter what the description of a show says; I have no idea what to expect. I think of it as ‘theatre roulette.’ Sometimes they’re the best experiences. Working Class Dinner Party, part of the Progress Festival, is one of those shows.

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Review: Affioramenti (Surfacing) (DopoLavoro Teatrale/Progress Festival)

Picture of various items washed ashore by Antonella Bersani for Affioramenti (Surfacing)

Affioramenti (Surfacing) is a unique, immersive experience combining installation with immersive theatre.

Affioramenti (Surfacing), presented by DopoLavoro Teatrale, is now on at The Theatre Centre as part of Progress Festival. A collaboration of visual artist Antonella Bersani and composer/videographer Matteo Pennese, Affioramenti invites its audience to co-create a unique oceanic world over the course of 30 minutes.

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2019 Progress Review: The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale (Ted Witzel)

Haley McGee in The Ex-Boyfriend Yard SaleAn interactive look at breakup recovery at the 2019 Progress Festival playing in Toronto

Haley McGee’sThe Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, curated and presented by the red light district and Outside the March for the 2019 Progress Festival, is a lesson on how to turn sentimental value into cold, hard cash. ‘Can’t be done.’ you might say. Yes, it can, and McGee has the formula to prove it. Continue reading 2019 Progress Review: The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale (Ted Witzel)