|Michael Phillis, Dawn Meredith Smith,|
Sara Moore, Joan Mankin & Rory Davis
Photo by David Wilson
A ONE PAGE... THREE DOT THRILLRIDE
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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