Last night we had the distinct and unique pleasure of seeing a preview performance of “Lookingglass Alice” at the Alliance Theatre. We were invited as a part of the Alliance Theatre’s first “Twitter Tuesday,” during which select audience members would be tweeting live during the show (search #ATLalice on Twitter – I tweeted from my personal Twitter account, @MauraNeill). Not knowing what to expect and purposely not having done any research on the production, we went into showtime with no expectations.
But I can say in all honesty that we were not only pleased but thoroughly impressed!
This new interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass (a.k.a. and perhaps better known from Disney’s animated interpretation, Alice in Wonderland) is one part Cirque du-Soleil-style acrobatics, one part comedy, and one part storytelling. The audience follows Alice down the rabbit hole on her quest to become a queen and ends up on a high-flying adventure with all of our favorite childhood characters – the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire cat, and of course, the White Rabbit. The incredibly talented cast of five play all of the parts – with Alice’s role being the only one consistent throughout; the rest of the actors taking on a dizzying array of roles. Alice is a slight wisp of a thing who ends up carrying the Cheshire Cat on her shoulders, performing death-defying tricks without a net, and making you hope that the production staff has 9-1-1 on speed-dial.
Opening night is Wednesday, April 7, 2010 (tonight!) at 8:00 PM. Show times are Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM, through May 2, 2010. Tickets are $20 – $50 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404-733-5000 or online at www.alliancetheatre.org. Also, this Saturday, April 10, 2010, there is a special Midtown Block Party, complete with jugglers and other circus-style performers and food from The Varsity starting at 1:00 PM (prior to the 2:30 PM matinee) – use promo code MIDTOWN25 for $25 tickets to both the block party and stage seating to the 2:30 PM performance.
If you want to see a show like none other, full of comedy, wit and high-flying adventure, I highly recommend “Lookingglass Alice” at the Alliance Theatre – if you go, tweet about it and say that @365Atlanta sent you! “It’s the perfect springtime escape for anyone who’s ever been five!”
WHERE: Alliance Theatre – 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309