Vaudeville, though enormously popular in its heyday, has not enjoyed the longevity of other types of entertainment. In the last few years, however, there has been a quiet resurgence of these anything-goes acts on the alternative performance scene downtown and in the boroughs. At Walkerspace, Women's Expressive Theater is presenting Big Times, a lovable, fun-for-all-ages tribute to and send-up of the art form. The little TriBeCa theater's lobby is tricked out in old show posters and leads to a wooden stage enshrouded in rich, red velvet curtains and lined by bulb-style footlights. Two-person tables as well as bleacher seating is available, and old songs are piped through the room before the show.
As the lights dim, the Moonlighters (described on their Web site as "New York's finest ukulele and steel guitar ensemble") take to the stage