So they’re calling on L. Frank Baum’s beloved character tonight to raise funds with Five 5ths of the Wizard of Oz: A Fringe Benefit!, a five-sided deconstruction of the Oz legend told in parts by five local performers and/or companies, including everything from a vaudeville crew to a burlesque troupe. Each grouping will handle its fraction in a unique way, and to further the element of audience surprise, not one of them will hit the stage knowing how the others will interpret their own sections.
“The biggest draw is that it’s just this one time,” says the Fringe’s Alexis Cooley. “There will be no run-through of the show until the show is actually on its feet. That’s not really scary for me, though, because I already know these groups, and I know it’s going to be amusing no matter what. It’s fun to be able to let them shine in what they do and let them interpret it as they want.”
See how the Five 5ths unfold in this emphatically Fringe-y, one-night-only experiment beginning at 7 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder; for tickets, ranging from $25 to $100, go to thedairy.org or call 303-444-7328. For more information about the upcoming 2014 Fringe Festival, visit boulderfringe.com.
Fri., Aug. 22, 7 p.m., 2014