Comedy

Piccolo Fringe: One Man Star Wars Trilogy

When: Fri., June 4, 7-8 p.m., Sat., June 5, 7-8 p.m. and June 9-12, 7-8 p.m. 2010

A one-hour, high energy, non-stop blast through the first three Star Wars films performed by a single cast member. Part of Piccolo Fringe at Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Relax, it's the good trilogy
Charles Ross remakes episodes IV, V, and VI on stage all by himself, and he does it with no set or props. In the words of Darth Vader, "Impressive." He rattles through six hours of celluloid with the gleefulness of a die-hard fan — which he is. This joie de George Lucas is infectious and entertaining, creating an instant connection with audience members familiar with the saga (i.e. pretty much everyone). It's fun to watch Ross tell the story at such a fast pace, but he also adds plenty of humor, cracking candid asides to the audience. He also gives spot-on impressions of the star warriors, Tatooine's twin suns, the distinctive sound effects, and even the Fox fanfare

It's affectionate
By bounding around the stage in his simple black outfit, Ross proves there's more to Star Wars than just special effects. Many members of the audience have had a life-long love affair with the situations and the characters, and it's a dorky delight to see the faraway worlds realized by Ross.

He's got staying power
Ross started touring his one-man show in 2002 and has performed it on more than 1,200 occasions. That's as many times as he's seen the films. No matter how many times he brings the show to Charleston, he always manages to keep it fresh and energetic.

Nick Smith

Price: $16/advance, $15/door

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