There is something both old and new in town. It is something mostly fun and wildly whimsical and predominately entertaining. It is on stage right now at venerable Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley Village [Los Angeles], California and it called “Curious Conversations.”
It is essentially eight skits based upon Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wunderland and Through The Looking Glass. The show opens with a much older Alice reflecting back on her experiences in Wunderland. Her reminiscence evolves into a desire and a passion and ultimate a decision to jump back down that rabbit hole for a second visit into Wunderland. Ah but things do change Alice, you should know that. Never mind let’s go back and explore yet again. Inspired by the original work of Lewis Carroll this skit was written by Nancy Cooper Frank.
Next up there is The White Rose by Gabi Rodriguez followed by the uproarious Meet the Tweedles from Eric Duhon. And so the show goes with four skits in Act One and four skits in Act Two which I admit is in this case a misuse of the word “Act.” Nevertheless there are a total of eight very distinct skits each with its own character and all intriguing and amusing at worst and hysterically funny at their best.
Personally I thoroughly enjoyed both the first skit Alice of a Certain Age and Hard Boiled Alice from Suzie Heaton. Tim Polzin portrays Sam Spade and he knocks it out of the park.
But I do have one slightly negative comment and it relates to the skit Toke which seems to have fun with the idea of excessive marijuana use by several of the characters in Wunderland. Yes, it was rather funny but somewhat glorifying not just drug use but clearly drug abuse in a show certain to attract at least some youthful viewers is in my opinion not such a good idea.
That said, overall Curious Conversations is a fun, sometimes slightly frivolous yet overall entertaining and amusing compilation of eight performances in one show all on stage right now at the Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Valley Village, California 91607. The show runs now through June 28th with show times Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. There will also be performances at 8:00 PM on Thursdays June 11th and June 18th. Reservations may be made by calling 818-508-3003 and online ticketing is available at: www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org.
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