Wonderful | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 10 2011
Price: $12 online in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door
This new play by Mary Laws focuses on the oft-examined aura of creepiness surrounding Charles Dodgson, aka Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. Laws's modern-day Dodgson is a divorced, sad-sack music teacher who develops an unhealthy crush on angelic student Alice. His story is juxtaposed with the troubled memories of the school's imperious principal/Queen of Hearts. Alice appears only in voiceover--a device that encourages us to ponder just how reliable Dodgson's version of their relationship is. Tympanic Theatre Company's 50-minute offering feels underdeveloped (mean girls Dee and Dum don't have much to do between lines but mug). Still, Laws's gift for anatomizing thwarted lives had me sympathizing with Dodgson--and then questioning myself for doing so. --Kerry Reid



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