Cinematheque (Venue 7), to July 24
The 10th fringe offering by Winnipeg’s Brent Hirose explores the consequences of people having access to limited time travel so they have just enough seconds to go back and change thoughtless words or dumb mistakes. It’s a thought-provoking concept from which Hirose also generates laughs over an entertaining 60 minutes.
Seth, the first of four characters portrayed by a barefoot Hirose is the poster boy for ill-considered meanness when he insults a female student in the hopes of impressing the class babe. He is the recipient of the titular payback, which does little to assuage his guilt.
A new device allowing everyone to return five seconds in the past appears to be the dawning of a world without regret. Of course, the device is abused, most frivolously by a guy repeatedly re-editing his pickup lines with a waitress. Apparently technology can’t save us from ourselves.
Hirose spins onstage to indicate he is changing characters and sometimes it’s hard to keep straight who he’s portraying. The Sucker Punch, a one-man drama, might have a stronger punch if the multi-talented Hirose expanded the cast. Sorry to hear he is leaving town for greener pastures.
-- Kevin Prokosh
From the official Fringe Festival program:
If you could take it all back, would you? If you did, what would you have left? Brent Hirose presents a fantastical tale of time tavel, theorical terrorists and terrible science.
"Sharp and clever, and Hirose hits it just right" - Winnipeg Free Press
"Hirose is a dynamic performer" - Uptown Magazine
4 STARS - Hot 103/Filipino Journal/Vue Magazine
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 min.
Discount Tickets: $8 for matinees