Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann have really done it again. Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland truly is a treat for the senses. It is colorful, raucous, interactive and delightful. This is an amazingly creative re-imagined retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic.
The opening number, where we meet Alice (Dreamy Tangerine & Cookie Bellini), is a masterpiece of timing and enchantment. We are transported to the most exclusive club in all of Wonderland, the Looking Glass. The White Rabbit (Jasper McCann) is our host and guide. He quips and controls the stage and audience with ease. We, the audience, are instantly woven into the fabric of the tale.
We meet Paraffin-a Chandelier (Tom-Tom the Phenomenon) and Brass-a Chandelier (Lena Fox) in all of their glittery glory. The Caterpillar (Lily Verlaine) is a treat of dance and coordination. Her performance with the Caterpillar Cavalier (Trojan Original) was mesmerizing. The Cheshire Cat (Tory Peil) was a definite crowd favorite. Her acrobatics and presentation were spot on. The Flamingos (Ivy D’Vine, Juwana Heart, & Maiden Egypt) were lovely. There are just so many characters working together to make the madness glorious.
Still, in all of this, Alice must face and defeat the Queen of Hearts (Maiden Egypt). The Queen just radiates madness with her personality split between good and evil. The costume is perfection.
This cast and crew have put a lot of work into this show. There is sparkle, sex appeal, flashes of flesh, and so much talent. The show runs through April 30th at The Triple Door. Get tickets here!