If anything, Shelby Bond will spur a spike in Back to the Future video rentals in Winnipeg with his one-man stage version.
The popular Los Angeles actor attempts, with only partial success, to replay the beloved 1985 time-travel fantasy by himself in an hour on an empty stage, except for a tickle trunk. The movie’s hardcore fans will love the attempt, as will Bond followers, but the rest of his audience will find it all thin entertainment.
The most fun are Bond’s ad-libs, his bang-on voices of Christopher Lloyd and Crispin Glover, and the audience participation, which includes one patron who doubles as Principal Strickland, repeating gruffly on cue, "You’re a slacker, McFly."
The tale about going back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean with flux capacitors and 1.21 gigawatts of electricity gets lost somewhere in the 1960s. Even Bond’s compelling presence will be unable to ensure that One Man Back to the Future stands the test of time.
— Kevin Prokosh