Watch out Wildkat! is comedy troupe Sex T-Rex’s latest Fringe offering and while it takes a little while to start to connect to the story and the audience it does eventually become a barrel full of fun. After a fly, (or is it really a fly?), makes young Wildkat’s father kill himself, Wildkat goes on a hunt for revenge to find and make the fly pay for what he took away from her.
Presented in the most campy way possible all five performers who take the stage play multiple characters, animals and objects that require the audience to suspend their disbelief, yet all characters, animals, objects and sounds are played so impeccably well that the audience never truly finds themselves confused with what is going on throughout the show.
What started as an adventure in eye-rolling eventually ends up as a journey through belly laughs as this very talented cast never misses a step for a second. There’s so much physicality and movement going on that it would be very easy to forget one little thing and have the entire scene drop, yet under the direction of Alec Toller the play comes off without a hitch. It would be very easy for the blankness of the stage and the multiple characterizations for this to come across like we were watching a high school drama rehearsal, but everything remained professional, even to the point of a character having to decapitate Seabiscuit (yet the horse from the movie from the real life story) to Arrowsmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”
There are a few musical numbers throughout the show, and if there were a weak spot it would be here. While the vocals weren’t bad by any means because the actors are singing to pre-recorded musical tracks they seemed to be having a hard time keeping up with the tempo of the music. I noticed that on one occasion whomever was handling the sound for the show had to crank the volume much louder so they could hear it better to find their place.
Our audience was very small. Only 9 people, and this show definitely deserves more than that. The laughs were big from the 9 of us, but imagine a packed house and I can guarantee people would be laughing so hard their guts hurt.
Watch out Wildkat! does find its roots in wild West folklore with a trip down Faustian lanes, yet while it comes across as one part Wild Wild West and one part The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, it is necessary to point out that it also comes with one part acid trip, and that’s a flashback I can’t wait to have.