Alice in Dade-land

You can view Lewis Carroll’s classic story Alice in Wonderland through many different lenses. There’s the Disney scope, which renders it an innocent, happily ending tale; the acid-laced goggles that focus on Alice’s trippy hallucinations of grinning cats and anxious white rabbits; and the philosopher’s view, which sees the deep theories pulsing beneath the seemingly nonsensical narrative. Now there’s even a South Florida lens, through which dance, song, and colorful video projections create a world where Alice is a Catholic schoolgirl wearing an Alexander McQueen-inspired plaid dress while interacting with majestic macaws and a character described as “a combination of a turtle and a Miami Dolphins football player.” If you’ve ever thought the Magic City is a beautiful, subtropical wasteland of bright hues and nonsense, you might have subconsciously willed this production, a theatrical adaptation by locals Stephanie Ansin and Fernando Calzadilla.
Thursdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Nov. 4. Continues through Dec. 19, 2010
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