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  Lookingglass Alice at Lookingglass Theatre

Lookingglass Alice

Lookingglass Theatre
821 N Michigan Ave Chicago

Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound when this signature production returns with all its gravity-defying spectacle and breathtaking theatricality. Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

Thru - Feb 22, 2015

Price: $25-$80

Show Type: Performance Art

Box Office: 312-337-0665

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins; no intermission

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  Lookingglass Alice Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...All holiday shows try to be distinctive and appeal to more than one generation. But the "Lookingglass Alice" does that far better than most, especially now. It is not the kind of Christmas entertainment you can find in other cities. It is joyous and smart, playful and wise. It is a reminder that when you believe six impossible things before breakfast, like Alice, you have a better day. Nothing has yet bettered "Metamorphoses" and "The Arabian Nights." But aside from that, the "Lookingglass Alice" is my favorite Lookingglass anything, getting better (although costlier to see) as she grows."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...In fact, there are moments when, watching the latest edition of this quintessential Lookingglass Theatre show that is now celebrating its 10th anniversary with a virtuosic reprise, when you might easily be convinced he is directing and stage managing the whole thing. But for all that Carroll talked about playing with time, you really cannot go backward. So the credit for the inspired madness here must rest fully with David Catlin, the show’s adapter-director, his bravura cast of five (who seem to multiply before your very eyes), his team of ingenious designers, and the breathtaking choreography of Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi (co-artistic director of Lookingglass’ partner, The Actors Gymnasium of Evanston)."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Beneath the spectacle, we're reminded that life is about change and inevitable loss (only the White Queen can live backwards, after all). And though "grown-ups are never off balance," the Cheshire Cat tells Alice, the production endeavors to place us exactly there; it is, after all, where much wisdom resides."
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Suzanne Scanlon

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...While engaging for all ages, Lookingglass Alice is a show that's heavily targeted to children, making it great holiday entertainment that doesn't cover the traditional holiday theater bases. Themes of compassion and selflessness come into play, but this is a story about imagination first and foremost, exploring different levels of creation as it delves into the mind of a child, the novels of an adult author, and the work of a theater company. There's a lot to take in, but it's presented with a lively energy and sense of humor that pulls the audience into the action, making this an immensely satisfying trip down the rabbit hole."
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Oliver Sava

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...A signature work ripe for revival, the eponymous Lookingglass Alice is back for the holidays and New Year, brilliantly tricked-up with the most aggressive and interactive make-believe this side of Disney. In 100 minutes, adaptor David Catlin’s hip and arch, sine qua non staging of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Lookingglass (hence the proprietary name) goes beyond John Tenniel’s original illustrations to deliver a circus masquerading as a children’s classic."
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Lawrence Bommer

Splash Magazine - Highly Recommended

"...Lookingglass Alice is a remarkable achievement that serves as a stirring high point for Chicago theatre. It’s not often that I get a chance to say something like that, though it is certainly well-deserved here. This marvelous show is a comedic, emotional, and beautiful journey through a surreal chaotic and magical dreamlike world as well as a visually stunning roller-coaster ride. It’s not just a show targeted towards children, but to the child inside all of us."
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Justin LeClaire

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Since the production has played many times over the past decade, many Chicagoans have already seen it. They will be glad to know it is still fresh. If like me, you had not seen Lookingglass Alice before, it is not to be missed. It is an amazing piece of spectacle, but still carries some delightful character moments. Families with older children will remember it for years, and may make a tradition of it depending on how many more times it gets revived. People I knew who had seen it many times before are still amazed by it. It's truly fun for everyone."
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Jacob Davis

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...Whether you have seen it or read it before or never, this theatrically rich, physically thrilling rendition of a tale of a brave girl moving forward to explore and find her power is an excellent one for our chaotic times."

Angela Allyn

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...From the very start to the very end, you will find yourself and your loved ones enthralled with what they are watching and as we did, on the ride home, you will be talking about what you saw; the artistry, the chemistry, the mystery, the comedy and the delightful music and circus type of performance. This is a special treat and the holidays a perfect time to get away from the reality of every day problems to escape down the "rabbit hole" with Alice, for ninety special minutes."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Nobody could dislike the 2014 version of “Lookingglass Alice,” not even a Scrooge who had wandered away from one of the several “Christmas Carols” playing nearby. Lookingglass Theatre Company’s circus-style production, mounted in association with The Actor’s Gymnasium, is the perfect holiday family show, countering seasonal over-sentimentality disorder with a bracing blast of delightful and occasionally breathtaking nonsense."
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Hugh Iglarsh

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...The comedy and cleverness of the script and the marvel and majesty in this remounted, newly refined production offers an exciting alternative to Chicago’s offering of holiday productions. With a simple nod to winter, this story could just as easily take place at any time of the year; but bringing this wonderful production back at a time when parents are looking for worthwhile family entertainment is fortuitous. This must-see production, which leaves audiences breathless, should be on every child’s and adult’s wish list."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"..."Alice" is a unique blend of children's theater, circus acts, and adult surrealistic humor. The show is produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium, an institution in Evanston that trains young people in acrobatic and aerialist skills. Hence the tumbling and trapeze and unicycle exhibitions that ratchet the show up to such a high level."

Dan Zeff

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...Adapter and director David Catlin masterfully uses his five talented ensemble members to perform all the marveling feats. The cast (Whiting, Molly Brennan, Kevin Douglas, Anthony Fleming III, Samuel Taylor) boast impressive stamina and comedic timing. The hilarious Brennan (Red Queen) starts out towering over the production in a two-story gown. By the end of the show, she is afloat in a blue silk sea as a tiny version of the queen. It’s these kinds of illusions that Catlin, the ensemble and a cracker-jack design team churn out in the never-a-dull-moment spectacle."
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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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