Go Ask Alice

The only things scarier than a talking rabbit and a disappearing cat? Puppets.

We once dated a guy who told us his favorite movie was Disney's Alice in Wonderland. We thought that was cute, admiring how sensitive and vulnerable he seemed because of this, and it made us very happy. That is until, of course, he spouted that obligatory phrase used by all stoners in reference to films like Tommy, The Wizard of Oz and our dear, sweet Alice: "Have you ever watched it on acid? That shit's crazy."

But we digress. The point here is that Fort Worth's Hip Pocket Theatre is holding performances of its world-premier version of Lewis Carroll's classic story, and now we can watch it without that ridiculous bum of an ex-boyfriend sitting beside us, whispering things like, "The rabbit's talking to me, man."

This time around, Carroll's work has been altered through the imagination of director Lake Simons, who has chosen to use puppets for all of Wonderland's eccentric characters and only dialogue from the original book to illustrate Alice's inner thoughts and feelings. What we're trying to get at is that this isn't kid stuff. Just as Alice's world of normality and routine were turned upside down after falling through the rabbit hole, the story's typically family-friendly progression is altered after falling into the hands of these accomplished artists.

Emmy Zabcik and Paul Logsdon
Loli Kantor
Emmy Zabcik and Paul Logsdon

Details

Hip Pocket Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland through August 24 at 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays at the Oak Acres Amphitheatre, 1620 Las Vegas Trail, Fort Worth. Tickets are $6 to $12. Call 817-246-9775.

After the August 8 and August 9 performances, the audiences will be welcomed to join an open-forum Talk Back session with the director, composer, scenic designer and puppeteers from the show. There you'll have the opportunity to ask the creators questions about bringing the show to life and the processes involved in every aspect of its conception.

The best part for us, though, is that our ex-boyfriend will not be there. We will. We don't buy in to "magic mushrooms," but if you come across something that makes someone taller, then send it to us. We're good for the money.

 
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