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Fraz vs. The Future

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Winnipeg comedian Fraz Wiest writes and stars in this 60-minute, one-man comedy with a message, an intriguing exploration of time and technology, seen through the eyes of a traveller from the future. Fraz, our character, has been sent back to relive his past, owing to crimes against social media. Hint: he doesn’t use it nearly enough for the powers-that-be to be happy with him.

Wiest is an admirable comedic performer and his points are honest and relevant, although the show hasn’t quite found a perfect balance of tone regarding humour versus message. But Wiest offers genuine laughs — his sci-fi movie montages are sure-bet crowd-pleasers — and thoughtful, intelligent questions about social media and its role in our lives. Cats stealing dog beds — good. Wishing “friends” HBD on “Futurebook” — not so much.

You may never post a breakfast photo without thought again. And that might not be such a bad thing.

— Barb Stewart

 

From the Fringe program:

Fraz Wiest (FRAZ: Lonely At Last *****, DnD Improv *****) returns with his new one-man show: a non-stop comedic thrill ride through time that sees him take on technology, social media and getting old in all-out fight to the finish!

You'll never look at tomorrow the same way again!

Directed by Stephen Sim (CRUMBS).

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