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Fraz: Lonely At Last
Let’s face it, most fringe comedy might only pay off in occasional chuckles at best. But Regina-spawned, Winnipeg-based D&D improv guy Fraz Wiest delivers authentic gut-busting laughs about flying solo: “This particular one-man show is about doing this particular one-man show.”
It is, of course, more than that, delineating the comic actor’s trial by fire including lengthy stints in dinner-theatre hell (“It’s not quite dinner and it’s not quite theatre”) and an abortive attempt to join Toronto’s Second City, before finding his place in the world.
With his expressive mug and a gift for characters, Wiest fills this 45-minute show with never-a-dull-moment comedy that works. His dissection of a pitch meeting between a dinner theatre’s director and producer is alone worth the price of admission. You’ll never drive by a Celebrations Dinner Theatre billboard again without thinking of it.
— Randall King
From the Fringe program:
What's a performer to do when his ideal cast for a show and the characters they'd play are all in his head? There are two choices, really: let loneliness defeat him and call the whole thing off, or embrace it and do the whole thing himself.
The legendary Fraz Wiest (Ghost Jail Theatre, Toronto & DnD Improv, Winnipeg) plays all the parts in all his lonely glory.
Stephen Sim (CRUMBS, Winnipeg) directs this one-man war on companionship.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 45 min
Updated on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM CDT: