I expect to see Disney’s new “Alice in Wonderland” film among the top moneymakers this weekend. The theater was packed when I saw a preview this week, the audience all too gleeful to put on 3D glasses, to sign and laugh at the right moments, to applaud at the end.
The film, which opens today, is a little of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” a little “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There,” a bit too much Disney and a lot Tim Burton. I have an extreme fondness for rabbits and loyal dogs, but the Red Queen is an unusually great villain. She’s evil in every way, but still worth our sympathy; she’s clearly hurt and insecure. Unfortunately for everyone else, her only coping skill is beheading dissenters.
But that’s far from the only Alice you’ll see around Atlanta this month. Gwinnett Ballet Theatre will present the story through dance this weekend.
Then “Lookinglass Alice” comes to the Alliance Theatre mainstage later this month. This time, it’s Carroll’s stories told through circus-style choreography. As director David Catlin explained in the AJC story “‘Lookinglass Alice’ counts on audience imagination“:
“Our goal is really to keep to the text. It’s actually pretty simple. We let the audience see the wires. In Carroll’s books, he’s asking Alice and his readers to use their imaginations. The willing suspension of disbelief is a big part of the show. Rather than trying to overcreate, we let our audience fill in some of the gaps, which tends to make those ‘aha’ moments so much more fun and exciting for them.”
Want to go?
Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice in Wonderland 3D” open March 5. More movie info.
“Alice in Wonderland and Works from the Reperatory,” 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 6. $12-$17. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-978-0188, www.gwinnettballet.org.
“Lookingglass Alice.” March 31-May 2. $20-$35. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4650, www.alliancetheatre.org.