Alice in Wonderland | various locations | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Alice in Wonderland Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 10 2014

Staging Lewis Carroll's well-known tale is demanding, and this Theatre-Hikes show rises to the outdoor (which is to say, sweaty, noisy, variable) occasion: with just a few props and costume pieces, the actors create the sea of tears, the dodo race, the hookah-smoking caterpillar, the grinning Cheshire cat. Alice (the perfectly cast Madalyn Mattsey) of course attends the Mad Hatter's tea party, and is given a baby by the Duchess (when the baby become a pig, it's tossed out into the audience). My six- and seven-year-old companions were enthralled by Alice's wandering journey through this sometimes scary, always surprising world, while I marveled anew at Carroll's intellectual playfulness—his language, particularly his tale of the Jabberwock (recited impressively by Sam Fain), is thrilling, playing with received ideas of rationality, the self, time, and authority. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $13-$19

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