Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland 2: Through The Looking Glass
The Troubadours mine comic gold once again with this musical spoof of Lewis Carroll and The Brady Bunch.
As with all of the troupe's shows, the story is irrelevant and the jokes are the thing. Even better, the cast's asides when their jokes fail (which is rare) are funnier than the original jokes. Moreover, nothing is sacred in a Troubie production. For example, Dorothy Gale has left Oz with an addiction to prescription drugs; the character Alice played by Ellen Burstyn in the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, is in a vicious rivalry with her television spinoff character played by Linda Lavin; and Carroll himself is a hallucinogenic mushroom eater who wears a bra and goes to Fire Island with his lover Ned.
As for the One-Hit part: The Red Queen sings "Oh Alice, You took my tarts," to the tune of Toni Basil's novelty hit "Mickey," while A-Gnat Funicello, a puppet insect, sings its own version of the 1970's disco senstation "I Will Survive." These songs sound great in part because of Eric Heinly's excellent band, and choreographers Ameenah Kaplan and Christine Lakin work well within several eras. Designer Sharon McGunigle serves up a colorful display of costumes, particularly a newspaper suit worn by Andy Lopez, and the Queens' dresses that look like felt stacks of tires.
The cast is perfection. Renaissance man Matt Walker (who also directs these productions) is a hoot as Carroll, a sexually curious Mike Brady, and an amorous White Knight, while Kennedy evokes all the best qualities of Carol Burnett. As the constantly bickering Alices/Queens, Erin Matthews and Lisa Valenzuela, who has a powerhouse voice, play off each other wonderfully. Audrey Siegel displays sex appeal and comic timing as Wonder Woman and deadpan humor as the suicidal Alice from the novel Go Ask Alice.