Review by Brad Morden
60min | Drama Comedy | PG
What if you could jump back in time? Not far enough to rewrite the course of history, but just enough to take back that slip of the tongue or that embarrassing stumble? Just enough to create for ourselves a world with a lot less regret?
The Suckerpunch, Brent Hirose’s one-man sci-fi drama, is a testament to his reputation as a Fringe powerhouse. In the play, Hirose takes the audience on a journey into the lives of four well-developed characters which, thanks to great acting and excellent music, are interwoven in a world where the notion of limited time travel has been unleashed.
The play kept me on my toes. Hirose portrays a charismatic ex-military-scientist-turned-businessman, an unwitting test subject, a stuttering and socially awkward slam poet, and a factory worker in a toxic relationship. Over the course of the hour, Hirose jumps from character to character with ease, all the while unveiling an intelligent-yet-subtle commentary on failed romance, isolation and the faith society puts in the “miracles” of science. Hirose’s ability to maintain coherence and a distinction between all the characters allowed for an enthralling interplay among the many plotlines, allowing all of the pieces of the puzzle to come together.
The play ends with dramatic flair as Hirose displays an almost acrobatic theatricality, leaping between characters to fully flush out the idiosyncratic world he’s lured us into.
The Suckerpunch By Brent Hirose is playing at Venue 3 – SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas Street) on Friday June 17 at 9:30pm; Saturday, June 18 at 6:30pm; Tuesday June 21 at 11pm, Thursday June 23 at 6:30pm; and Sunday June 25 at 8pm.