This story is somewhat based on "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"...however "WunderWorld" is very different. This play is way off of Savile Clarks (1841-1891) book and lyrics.
A wonderful musical dream in one act...you'll love the songs that are from the 50's and 60's (perfect sound). And the hi-jinks on the stage will for sure keep you awake. The stage is sparse, but beautifully mounted, and splendidly acted. The actors romp around the stage in a delightful artistic fashion. Boy...do they have the stamina. Director Andrew Nance... gives us the liveliest and most delightful perception around. Charming...smartly done.
The actors open with laugh a minute mime...and the Children were having great times in the audience. And, you know what - they were perfect little kids. I thought that they might get bored and fall asleep. Not at this show...there is a Cheshire Cat... and a Guy who has a great big black hat... and of course there is a mouse. What a thrill. Oh yeh..there is also the rabbit that has ears that touch the ground. Sorry...you can't pull on the ears in this high-octane story...they never stop! Here is one of my favorite songs in the show..."Bye Bye Blackbird."
And then there is the Classic Vaudeville...it's laugh-out-loud hilarious. Way, Way WunderWorld is a celebration for any age.
The Cast is massively entertaining!...they are: Sara Moore (Alice)- Joan Man Mankin (Alice's Sister/Mad Hatter)-Michael Phillis (White Rabbit) - Dawn Meredith Smith (Caterpillar, Red Queen) - Rory Davis (Cheshire Cat). A High Octane Circus!
ANDREW NANCE DIRECTOR... HAS PUT TOGETHER A STAGGERINGLY SPECTACULAR SHOW
Since there is very little talk in the show...lets go Italian (Abbigliarsi) - "dress oneself"... (Fungee) - "To perform."
RATING: Three Glasses of Champagne!!!
(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))
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