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Alice is 60 and Wonderland is a burlesque club in Jim Hornor's extremely loose adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic for UMA Productions. In this staging by Mikhael Tara Garver, the premise seems little more than an excuse for lots of running around and overacting, and the script's assumption is offensive: that the "personhood" of a 60-year-old must be validated by a bunch of thespians half her age. Though Julie Mitre is appealingly frail as an Alice with plenty of problems--a father who abandoned her in childhood, a daughter who's disappeared--her almost woodenly naturalistic acting is completely at odds with the other performances. Fortunately there are a few whimsical moments: a song and dance called "The Watering Can-Can" and a scene in which a terrible magician--the unterrible Matt Shallenberger--and a tipsy lady literally under the table contrive to slip a teapot beneath his top hat. Through 10/23: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 7:30 and 10:30 PM. Mon 10/4, 7:30 PM (industry night). Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-347-1375. $15.

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