Charles Ross


One Man Star Wars

June 24
8 p.m.

Being a globally recognized brand with a devoted fan base, ubiquitous merchandise, and a slate of film projects planned even beyond the foreseeable future, the Star Wars franchise seems to be without boundaries. Even so, earlier generations will recall a time when the galaxy far, far away was defined by “The Trilogy”: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983). Like so many impressionable kids of the early ’80s, Canadian comic Charles Ross spent his formative years obsessing over these three films. Not content as a passive viewer, however, Ross used his 400-plus screenings as background research for creating his own highly condensed one-man recreation of the trilogy. Not only does Ross portray each of the characters in his production, he also uses his voice to mimic the iconic John Williams score and act out (sans props) the special effects. Perhaps most impressively, the entire saga is wrapped up in a whirlwind hour and change. Though spiked with the occasional comic aside, Ross approaches the material with a fan’s affection, a perspective that has made his unusual endeavor a hit with like-minded audiences around the world. As for those with only a passing knowledge of the trilogy, the show serves as an effective cram session in Star Wars lore before the franchise’s next blockbuster sequel/prequel/expanded adventure.