Never let it be said that you can’t make Alice mean whatever you want it to say (or is it say what you mean?)
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first commercial oil well in North America in 1858 at Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia (VPP) is presenting “Alice in Oil Town,” April 7 to 13. “Alice in Oil Town” is a delightful romp that incorporates many of the well-known Alice characters with historical figures and events associated with the oil heritage of Lambton County. The Mad Hatter becomes a crazy oil driller, The Queen of Hearts is now the Queen of Derricks, the flowers in a lovely garden play a dangerous game of “Toss the Nitro,” and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum can set you up with everything you need to start pumping oil. www.theobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=954151
Triple Shadow’s ALICE: END OF DAZE follows nine-year-old Alice, portrayed by an actress in her sixties, as she escapes into a fantastic, surreal wonderland where she meets some familiar — and occasionally sinister — humans and puppet characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledumb, and Tweedledee. ALICE: END OF DAZE explores the nature of time, visual perception and consciousness. Alice finds herself in a fast-paced world, venturing into places where past, present and future seemingly coexist. She encounters ancient Mayan beliefs under attack by Spanish missionaries, modern-day creationism, global warming theories, end-of-days scenarios, and a 19th-century photo shoot that turns into a harrowing wild-west firing squad taking aim directly at her head. At La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, the show runs from
April 24 to May 11: www.lamama.org.