IndyFringe review: New Vaudeville 

Do you long for the time when regular folks could discover top singing and comedy talents in person, if they were willing to first sit through balancing acts and contortionists? Me neither, but director Amanda McNeal clearly pines for vaudeville, the long-gone variety shows that surrounded rising talents like the Marx Brothers with mediocrity and oddity. New Vaudeville pays off big for 15 minutes, by sneaking some really good music into this theater festival: Joey Welch of The Born Again Floozies and John Orr (The Last Domino). Walking downhill from there, New Vaudeville showcases Elliot Feltman (Krembo) as a pleasant emcee/juggler/burlesque historian, Andy Cooper twirling deftly on one wheel of his BMX bike, the mildly comic Dion Curry (standing in for the missing Ms. Pat), belly dancers, non-dancers, strippers and a guy with Alice Cooper hair contorting himself through a tennis racket. Wednesday, 9 p.m.; Thursday, 6 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 p.m.

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