Vancouver Fringe Festival review: The Sucker Punch full of charm and virtuosity

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      Ever said or done something and immediately wished you hadn’t? Brent Hirose’s solo show imagines a technological solution to the problem of regret: a device that can turn back time exactly five seconds. Hirose plays four characters—the device’s smooth-talking inventor, Dr. Grierson; his security guard, William; a test subject, Seth; and a stuttering slam poet named Alex—whose stories eventually intersect. As a writer, Hirose gives his characters richly detailed material; highlights include Dr. Grierson’s childhood memory of being swindled by a fellow baseball-card collector, Seth’s thoughtless (and deeply regretted) comment to a high-school classmate, and Alex’s authentic slam poems. And as an actor, Hirose delivers it all with charm and virtuosity.

      At Origins Organic Coffee on September 8 (8:30 p.m.), 10 (9:15 p.m.), 11 (3:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.), 14 (7:15 p.m.), 16 (10:15 p.m.), 17 (9:15 p.m.), and 18 (2:45 p.m.).