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A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

Production uses imagination for setting

Vortex Theater presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

“Alice in Wonderland,” as presented by The Vortex theater, is indeed a trip down a rabbit hole.

The Vortex’s take on the classic tale of a little girl who finds herself in whimsical Wonderland is a strange but wonderfully unique adaptation. The show is minimalistic, with little to no set – and instead utilizes everyday objects to create costumes and props.

Directed by Lauren Dusek Albonico, it’s a wild ride from beginning to end. The show is a nonstop, chaotic performance and lasts only 90 minutes, a perfect show to take kids to.

Angelina Ortiz plays a curious and intriguing Alice – who questions every quirky character she meets, including a young Lewis Caroll, played by Nicholas Johnson. He creates the world around her, immersing her within Wonderland with a few clever lines. Watching the two interact is entertaining; they play off each other well.

A few other standouts include Christy Lopez, as a startlingly frightening Red Queen, and the cast at the Mad Hatter’s mad tea party scene (Matthew VanWettering, Aaron Worley and Stephen Armijo as the Mad Hatter, Dormouse and the March Hare, respectively).

The biggest benefit of the actors’ use of ordinary materials and everyday objects is it reminds the audience of the type of make believe play children have. It contributes to the immersive feel of the production, making it seem as if anyone could come to Wonderland.

“Alice in Wonderland runs through Jan. 29. For more information or to buy tickets, visit thevortexabq.org.

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Ashley Kurtz is a freelance theater critic.

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