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Review: “Alice” at Georgia Shakespeare, neither curiouser nor curiouser

– “Alice gave herself very good advice, although she rarely followed it.”

Gimme some sugar: Michael Bradley Cohen, as the Mad Hatter, makes goo-goo eyes at Sarah M. Johnson's Alice. Photo by Bill DeLoach.
Gimme some sugar: Michael Bradley Cohen, as the Mad Hatter, makes goo-goo eyes at Sarah M. Johnson's Alice. Photo by Bill DeLoach.

Good children’s theater appeals to the little ones in the audience at the 10 a.m. matinee, and also to the adults who chaperone. That’s a balance rarely achieved. Georgia Shakespeare’s “Alice in Wonderland” runs through August 1 and is reviewed in Tuesday’s AJC. The company mounts an impressive effort — Katy Munroe’s costumes are storybook wonderful, for example — but they can’t cope with Lewis Carroll’s clever wordplay and fantasy world.

In my review, I fault the quartet of young actors for some of the show’s leaden spirit, but likely no thespians in this rabbit hole could have brought the hour-long adaptation to life.

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