As six colorful balloons lined a bright red board, Cowen stood calmly as Cisewski threw sharp, steel knives at the balloons that popped around her. The stakes were raised when volunteers were called to participate in holding balloons while Cisewski aimed to miss. However, even Cisewski’s expertise did not stop one of the participants from being slightly skittish.
Closing the night before intermission and the three silent shorts — “Cops” with Buster Keaton, 1942’s “Calling All Girls” and the animated “Curtain Razor” was Lowell, who had pleased patrons with his clever jokes, most of which were intended directly for them.
“You’re like ZZ Top, except maybe just ‘Z Top’” Lowell said, referring to the size of a gentleman’s beard.
The variety of acts that rounded out the night definitely spoke to the forgotten art of vaudeville, especially with Lisa Casullo-Burnes, a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette who was the “Card Girl” for the evening. Though she appeared to introduce every act, a song-and-dance number from her (and maybe a few fellow dancers) would have made the night authentically vaudeville.