Modern readers of Alice in Wonderland often focus so heavily on the book's gritty, realistic depiction of Victorian geopolitics that they completely overlook its subtle nonsensical qualities. Today's deal reminds Alice scholars that it's about a girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a dreamworld full of disappearing cats, smoking caterpillars, and jabberwockys. For $17, you get one ticket (up to a $50 value) to the Alliance Theatre's Lookingglass Alice, an acrobatic fairy-tale adventure at the Woodruff Arts Center. Seating will be in either the orchestra or special onstage sections (for seats on stage, special rules apply—click here for details). To redeem your Groupon, call or email the theater at least 48 hours before your preferred performance time to reserve your seat, then pick up your ticket at the box office. Lookingglass Alice runs from March 31 through May 2; see the schedule for performance times.
Created by the Lookingglass Theatre Company from Chicago, Lookingglass Alice offers an acrobatic and dizzyingly playful take on Lewis Carroll's double-dose of Victorian childhood wonder, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. As Alice falls, floats, and flies across Wonderland's chessboard on her way to becoming Queen Alice, chairs pop up from the floor, Tweedledee and Tweedledum tweedle-tumble across the stage, our heroine voyages across a swirling sea of blue, and much more. The remarkable cast of five often seems like a bursting circus of 40 as they switch costumes, juggle, ride unicycles, walk on stilts, and defy logic as often as they defy gravity.
Today's Groupon to Lookingglass Alice will have your inner child and any outer children shouting, "O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" Buy extras and bring any friends who won't stop complaining about how boring, conventional, and unbooklike the Tim Burton version was.
Groupon not valid for 8 p.m. performances on Saturday or 2:30 p.m. performances on Sunday.
- It’s wonderful how the circus elements are never superimposed but become part of the story, such as setting up the chairs for the tea party. Mr. Catlin’s staging also allows for interaction with the audience that seems totally organic. – Connie Meng, NCPR
- Add a bit of dance, a bit of song, the mischief associated with balloons, audience members seated onstage, direction by David Catlin that exposes the theatrical craft behind the performance art, and the total amounts to eye-catching entertainment. – Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
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