By Liz Nicholls, .ca
The Fringe goes vaudeville, in its own original way, Friday for a one-night revue.
Devised by Fringe artistic director Murray Utas, who has a vaudevillian streak in his theatrical DNA (and coiffure), witness the Late-Night Cabaret that’s invariably a festival hot ticket, this year’s edition of the Fringe Revue starts with the creative artists. Utas, a Fringe artist himself, has gathered a “writing team” of five with long-time Fringe cred, led by Nikki Hulowski of the sketch troupe Marv n’ Berry (head writer) and including Sheldon Elter, Sam Stralak, Kristen Welker, and Lindsey Walker.
And he let them loose for two weeks creating sketches — or as Utas has put it in a blog interview “bringing together a bunch of cool people and making something wild out of it.” In short, Friday’s one-off show is a collective creation in which the writer participants pitched sketches at each other. And then turned it over to a cast that includes Helen Belay, Todd Houseman, Sam Stralak, Kirsten Welker, and Lindsey Walker, who bring the sketches to life on the Westbury stage. The presence of Walker and Elter is a tip-off that musical numbers are involved, too.
Fringe Revue runs Friday only, 8 p.m., at Fringe Theatre’s Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Ave. Tickets: fringetheatre.ca.