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One Man Back to the Future

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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

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Shelby Bond
Cast: Shelby Bond

 

We've gotta get Back to the Future! One guy presents all the comedy, excitement and time travel of the original movie in less than an hour and at 88 mph.

 

With a bit of help from the audience, Fringe veteran Shelby Bond messes with the space/time continuum as he does every character, sound effect and guitar solo up to the 1.21 jiggawatt ending. Come see one of the best films of all time brought to life in front of you.


Audience Classification: General
Length: 60 mins.
Tickets: $10
Door Discount: $8 for people born in 1985

 

Warnings: Mild Language

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