Well I was through the looking glass, of course.
Sorry I wasn’t here yesterday, but I went to the most amazing show last night at Atlanta’s The Alliance Theatre. Lookingglass Alice was the best ensemble performance I have ever seen, and possibly the best show I have ever seen. This is how the show began from my seat:
This is from a seat onstage! The rest of the audience was in the theatre’s “normal” seats on the other side of the mirror. A curtain falls between us (the two sides of the looking glass) and the story begins. I don’t know quite how to describe it, other than to say that if you go to see this traveling show, you will:
- Have the ability to sit on stage during the performance and watch the action occur in front of, around, over, and beside you (which is also the case if you sit in the normal seats)
- Watch Alice swing and soar on ropes over the stage and you
- See a unicyclist, a man shuffling about stage atop a giant red ball, and a man fall through a hole in the stage after a ladder CLAPS over the hole onto the stage
- Possibly have the dormouse lie down for a nap on top of you, or the Mad Hatter sit on your lap for tea
- Hit enormous balloons into the air as they bounce through the air over the rows of seats
- Believe six impossible things before you leave
- Have your ideas of reality, perspective, and imagination stretched and pulled gloriously
- When you do leave, you will leave smiling (all of this fun must release endorphins!)
The show is performed by five actors who assume many different roles and are extremely talented. From what I’ve read, the stunts change depending on the talents of the current actors in the show, and sometimes one or two will leave and others will join on, so don’t quote me on the above list…but take my word that the show is amazing. If you live in the US I would definitely recommend looking it up to see if it will be coming somewhere near you. In the meantime, try going to YouTube and watching one of a few video clips I found of the show.
If you have children, your children will love it. If you don’t, you will leave feeling like a child at heart anyway.