Alice of the House of Carroll | National Pastime Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Alice of the House of Carroll Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 30 2009

Reimagining Lewis Carroll's Alice as a street urchin in 19th-century Chicago isn't a bad idea. Keeley Haddad-Null and Laurence Bryan's play offers some connect-the-dots fun--the White Rabbit is a sanctimonious nun with floppy extensions on her wimple, the Red Queen a scheming society dame bent on preserving her fiefdom--and Bryan's staging boasts strong visual tableaux. But there are too many underdeveloped subplots mucking up the narrative. And the framing device, in which an older version of Alice, named Carroll, sends her younger self back in time for reasons that aren't entirely clear, doesn't pay off emotionally. "The city's full of holes," one of Alice's companions warns her. The same could be said of this production. --Kerry Reid

Price: $10-$25


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