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Duo back for the ‘The Big Bang’ at Roxy’s Downtown

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John Bates and Kyle Vespestad are together again for “The Big Bang.”  Photo - Jeff Templin

John Bates and Kyle Vespestad are together again for “The Big Bang.” Photo - Jeff Templin

BY BOB CURTRIGHT

Eagle correspondent

April 09, 2015 02:18 PM

It’s been nearly 15 years since Kyle Vespestad played wide-eyed Adam to John Bates’ demure Eve, exploring the delights of Eden’s “Free Food and Frontal Nudity” to a catchy calypso beat.

It’s been that long since Wichita also saw Vespestad and Bates as, respectively, swaggering Napoleon and towering Josephine, or hilariously accented Queen Isabella and pie-in-the-sky Columbus, or simpering Southern belle Amber Lee and her dithering daddy, Col. Peckerwood – not to mention the two comic actors as the biblical Mary and Mrs. Gandhi commiserating over how hard it is to be a mother with a world-changing son. 

But Vespestad and Bates, longtime fixtures of Wichita’s theater and cabaret scene, are joining forces again for an encore of “The Big Bang” on Friday and Saturday nights through May 23 at Roxy’s Downtown. It’s the same venue the show played in 2001, but under its former name of Cabaret Oldtown.

And both say that coming back to the show is like putting on a favorite pair of slippers – easy, familiar and comfortable to slip into.

“Even though it’s been a long time and even though there is a lot of fast-paced dialogue and lyrics, it was such an interesting…