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Lookingglass Alice

a Atlanta Premiere
CATEGORY :
by Adapted and Directed by David Catlin

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 3709

SHOWING : March 31, 2010 - May 02, 2010

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Defy logic – and gravity – in a topsy-turvy, timeless tale of a little girl who journeys through the looking glass to become a queen. Marvel as Alice floats, falls, and flies overhead in a radically reconfigured Alliance Stage. It’s a dizzyingly playful feat of ingenious wonder, peppered with playful acrobatics certain to awaken the kid in all of us. Once you pass through this looking glass, you may never want to come back out!


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Brillig and Then Some
by Dedalus
Thursday, April 22, 2010
5.0
Okay, since I attempted to do a “Jabberwocky” pastiche when I wrote about Georgia Shakespeare’s 2009 “Alice in Wonderland,” and, since I am by nature a hopelessly lazy git, I will do a hasty rewrite here. But, first, I feel a strange compulsion to share this:

SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS DONE BY THE LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE COMPANY:

(6) An “Alice” that is actually different from the ten billion versions we’ve seen or read before.

(5) Acrobatics that actually make sense in the context of a story.

(4) Me, appearing on the Alliance Stage.

(3) A Tea Party full of chairs fit into a single picnic basket.

(2) Dismount. I can’t explain it now. Just trust me.

(1) Humpty Dumpty’s Fall. ‘Nuff Said.

And now, on with my actual review:

‘Twas Wednesday and the pollen day
Did gyre and gimble on our cars,
As to th’Alliance I made my way,
Another Alice in the stars.

As viewers enter, a mirror clear
Reflects an oddly odd expanse
Of waiting faces, full of cheer
Finding old and new romance.

Before too long, the houselights dim,
And Alice passes through the glass,
Into the air she seems to swim,
As through the rabbit hole we pass.

To be a queen seems Alice’s fate,
But ere that goal can be achieved,
She must cross chessboard levels eight --
Adventures eight will be perceived.

You know the rest -- again we sight
The Hatter, and the Cater’ Come.,
The Red Queen and the Whiter Knight
The Tweedle twins, both dee and dum.

But all our actors few (just five)
Are also gymnasts and achieve
Feats of balance, all done live,
Feats of flying, ftough to believe.

Throughout the show, my attention they held,
As acting and as acrobatics
Joined together in seamless meld --
A perfect storm of high dramatics.

Lindsey Whiting is our Alice
A comely lass of uncommon skill,
An acrobat devoid of malice,
Whose every move provides a thrill.

Doug Hara excels as our White Knight,
As Lewis Carroll, too he shines.
Young Molly Brennan’s Queen has height
And towers redly with her lines.

In fine support for all the house,
A Fleming and good Douglas, Kevin,
Who with the hatter and with Mouse
Create a manic scene or seven.

This is a thrilling face-paced show
That dazzles with athletic charm
But doesn’t bury Carroll’s flow
Beneath the thrills and frolic ‘larm.

The plan was good, the ideas nice,
And all the youthful cast I liked.
The pace went by in half a trice
To see it again, I’m fully psyched.

So, in conclusion I will state
This was an almost perfect play.
To take my child, I cannot wait
To share this joyful stage bouquet.

The time has come (the critic wrote)
To end this painful little ditty.
The rhymes are far too weak and rote,
The vorpal sense too snacker-snitty.

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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