Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lookingglass Alice

If you haven't seen it, the show that founded Lookingglass Theatre opens to night kicking off their 20th season. Lookinglass Alice is a retelling of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass from which the theatre company takes their name.

Subscribing to their philosophy of "theatre without a net," the show is a spectacular of physical theatre. Actors take flying leaps off of platforms, ride unicycles, create a three-man-acrobatic caterpillar, perform the Spanish web, and other breath-taking stunts. This is not a show for the faint-of-heart, but it is incredibly engaging because the audience cannot help but be affected by the actors taking huge physical risks - the action is real and immediate every time it is performed, not matter how well rehearsed it is.

The design is innovative and beautiful; if you haven't already run out of air from gasping at the physical stunts, the design will finish you off. All told, it is a wonderful journey that you take with Alice that is both wide-eyed innocence and world savvy. If you have any chance to see this show, do not miss it. It is well worth the price of your ticket.

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