Lookingglass AliceWednesday, July 8 – Sunday, August 16, 8pm – Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

Lookingglass Alice is a mesmerizing rendition and twist on an original tale that will awe viewers of any age!

The Tony Award-winning group from Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company made its 2015 Florida debut July 8 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Guests will literally walk through a portal to be seated around the Ziff Ballet Opera House Lynn Wolfson stage. Audience members can expect to be entertained within a wonderland world of gymnastic flairs, clever dialogue and genuine laughter in this theatrical tribute to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Lookingglass Alice is adapted and directed by David Catlin and produced in association with The Actors Gymnasium. The colorful story of Alice’s journey is magnified with bold costumes, audio enhancements and simple, captivating theatrical effects. The entire scene becomes “curiouser and curiouser” as these five powerful cast members master multiple, ideally cast roles.

Lindsey Noel Whiting as Alice is entirely engaging for ninety straight minutes. Whiting carries the audience down the rabbit hole in her journey to become queen. Meanwhile, onlookers are stunned by a series of seemingly impossible balancing acts, free flights across the small split stage and teatime with the audience.

Samuel Taylor is a crowd favorite in his roles as Dodgson, the White Knight and the White Queen who ages backwards. His unicycle antics are so polished they seem chaotic as he races around in circles, joking with the audience. Molly Brennan is the ominous Red Queen commanding beheadings and curtsies from a towering height. Kevin Douglas surprises everyone in a shattering role as Humpty Dumpty. Adeoye creeps around on powerful limbs like a lioness Cheshire Cat.

Giant balls, simulated tears, haunting wind and echoing sounds resonate with those participating in an adventure signaling that regional theater is alive and triumphant in Miami. Other friends join Alice in her quest as she develops from a girl to a woman, finally returning to a world of civil rules and expected outcomes.

Arsht’s Ziff Ballet Opera House is an intimate and an ideal place to see Lookingglass Alice. However, since the stage is so small and the seating is uniquely set up, I would recommend planning for traffic and being on time. The kind ushers may make you wait for certain times where an entrance would be the least disruptive. Valet is only $25 and they accept cards.

Lookingglass Alice will be running through August 16 and tickets range from $55 -85. The VIP White Rabbit Experience is a $35 upgrade that includes a special meet-and-greet with the cast, a backstage tour to see the show’s theatrical magic first hand, a digital photo with cast members, limited edition merchandise and more. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the group sales department at 786.468.2326 or groupsales@arshtcenter.org. @gglasstheatre

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