By Martha Thomas
Baltimore Center Stage had “Lookingglass Alice” in its season lineup long before Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was on the radar or #metoo became a hashtag. And while this energetic and whimsical take on the beloved Alice’s trippy meanderings isn’t explicitly about female exploitation and empowerment, I couldn’t keep my mind from going there.
To be clear, the Center Stage production of this musical update is moving – in ways both foot tapping and “You go, girl!” gushing. It’s blessed with a versatile ensemble cast, and the lighting and costumes are extraordinary. “Lookingglass Alice” is the ideal holiday antidote to creaky Nutcrackers and ritual oratorios.
The piece, adapted by David Catlin for Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, infuses purpose into Alice’s bizarre adventures and traumas while unblinkingly bringing the little girl’s creator, Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), into the mix.
Click here to read the rest of Jmore’s review of Center Stage’s production of “Lookingglass Alice.”