Alice | Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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About ten minutes into this surreal adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, performed in promenade along an easy stroll through Lincoln Park, the guy next to me broke into a Cheshire grin and joked, "Man, I probably should have eaten about half as many mushrooms." At least I think he was joking—it can be hard to tell what's real and what isn't in Michael Wise's adaptation for Nothing Without a Company. Will the man lounging under a tarp leap up and start singing? If he does, is it part of director Rose Freeman's plan, or a bizarre interruption? Hewing closely to the dark inanity of Carroll's book, this loopy show opens the gates to Wonderland, and to the everyday wonders of a world-class public park. —Keith Griffith



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