Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Lost and Left Behind
Former Winnipeg actor/playwright Brent Hirose tries his hand at a one-man show with this 60-minute monologue about moving to Vancouver, where his grandparents lived before they came to Manitoba to escape the internment camps in the ‘40.
Hirose is an affable performer but he loses the threads of his story partway through. He tells us what his grandparents “suffered and endured,” but in such a way that their suffering and endurance is like something out of a history book.
Too many flubbed lines and a reliance on stock phrases are part of the problem, but more at issue is the dramaturgy: Hirose doesn’t really tie the idea of his starting a new life into his grandparents’ history in any meaningful way. Lost… is a series of thoughtful recollections and observations that lack dramatic heft.
— Jill Wilson
From the Fringe program:
Brent Hirose returns to Winnipeg with his new show about leaving Winnipeg... and returning to the city from where his grandparents had been relocated during World War II.
By the writer/performer of last year's smash hit The Sucker Punch:
5 STARS "Don't miss this one for the world." - Uptown
4 STARS "a truly rich Fringe experience" - StarPhoenix
4 STARS "A thought-provoking concept" - Winnipeg Free Press
"Hirose is a superb performer" - CBC
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 min
Updated on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM CDT:
Updated on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM CDT:
Corrects star rating