DOROTHY & ALICE: AN AERIAL PLAY

Critics

LemonMeter

88 %

Reviews: 4

Audience

LemonMeter

100 %

Reviews: 5

Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

Two seemingly ordinary young girls meet on the school playground at lunchtime and realize they've got more in common than meets the eye: some weirdly unbelievable experiences in lands beyond the imagination. Follow Dorothy and Alice down a magical, mysterious memory lane as they share the hopes and dreams that guided their journeys home in this whimsical aerial adaptation of Itamar Moses' one act. It's a fanciful Fringe fantasy featuring the mischievous inhabitants of Oz & Wonderland and gravity-defying aerial artistry on silks, trapeze, lyra, hammock and more.

Reviews

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"They frame the show, which just closed its extended run at Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018, is a schoolyard meeting between Dorothy of Oz fame and Alice the muse of Lewis Carroll; a serviceable concept, but one that they have not used to serve the show. It is basically a statement: “Alice meets Dorothy,” but a statement is not a foundation for a dramatic endeavor."

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


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"Lead aerialists Malles and Miklas, under the direction of Colleen Dunleap, are energetic and buoyant, capable of keeping the show moving without rushing it along. Although their childlike delivery can be a bit grating, it helps to fortify a tone that is both imaginative and delightfully creepy. ...Dorothy & Alice is a theatrical acid trip that leaves the audience feeling inspired and excited for what the company will create next."

sweet - Angie Hoover - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Expert aerial artists dangle, fly, swoop and SLIDE above and past you in some of the best costumes at this year's Fringe to extremely cool music while telling the story or the character connections between Alice, Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witch, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, Glinda…. it's a whirlwind of gorgeous movement, impressive acrobatics, and gorgeously lit scenes (by way of Brandon Baruch, no surprise). ...I hope this isn't the last storytelling performance Aeriform Arts does at Fringe. I see amazing things ahead. GO! GO! GO! GO!!!!! Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


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"I had the biggest smile on my face watching the show. It was a thrill to see the story played out on various (five different) aerial arts equipment. There were spins and spectacles and take-your-breath-away-WOW! moments. Often times all at once so I'd made sure I watched everywhere at the same time so I did not miss anything. Colleen Dunleap, director and choreographer, worked magic in such a limited amount of space. I loved the close proximity to the action. I was able to see the entertainingly fun costumes and make-up and feel small next to the nine foot tall Glinda the Good Witch."

sweet - Marla Kodama


Shari Barrett
"I have been an admirer of people who can perform aerial acrobatics for awhile, appreciating the incredible athletic ability needed to make such beautiful movements appear to be effortless, which they certainly are not. Starring Tamysen Malles & Monica Miklas as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Alice from Alice in Wonderland who share stories from their lives as they fly through the air together, Nicole Beckerman, Rox Kousaka, Sheri Lee, Diana Nguyen, Jane Osborn, and Chelsea Rousselot portray characters from each of the stories including Toto, The Wicked With of the East, Glenda the Good Witch (on stilts!), the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and White Rabbit. I especially liked the way visual aids such as long flowing scarves were used to reflect the twister in which Dorothy escaped from Kansas - a place she was more than happy to leave, by the way. All the aerial artists created their own costumes to sit their character as well as allow for the necessary movements. The performance was way too short and I hope Aeriform Arts presents a longer aerial story in next year's Fringe. I could watch these artists for hours!"

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


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"The mixture of aerial arts in this show was nothing short of amazing – something like a mini Cirque du Soleil – riveting and entertaining !!!! The show was absolute perfection and a spectacular production! The performers nailed it and gave the stage their all !!!"

sweet - makeda smith


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"I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful show. A trip down Alice's Rabbit Hole and Dorothy's Twister ride to Oz all combined in an aerial performance that defies gravity! We had the best seats! The costumes, the story, music, and the performers are all sensational! This show left me begging for more! I hope they develop this show beyond the Fringe!"

sweet - Baila Romm


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"Loved the acting ability which can sometimes fall short in aerial-focused shows, plus the artistic choices in using the aerial technique for specific storytelling rather than just ‘doing tricks'. Beautiful imagery all round. Great use of aerial dance to convey story-telling which is my main love of a good aerial show! Costumes, make-up, acting ability all on point with an awesome sound track selection."

sweet - Cat LaCohie


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"WHAT I LIKED I love the costumes, particularly Glinda's with her stilts! I loved the clever script setting Dorothy and Alice in a playground which leads right into the acrobatics. Quite a amazing show never seen in the Fringe (that I know) my favorite scenes were the tornado (with the house landing in Oz) and Alice sliding down the Rabbit Hole with the music from Jefferson Airplane, such a delightful marriage of music and visuals. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE Although I probably had the best seat in the house in the front row, I worried about the audience sitting on the sideline. Dorothy and Alice deserve a bigger stage in a Vegas casino. I would definitely see it at The Mirage or Bellagio. Also, I wish the other characters had more speaking roles besides Dorothy and Alice. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION Different. Unexpected. A feast to the eyes!"

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


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"They frame the show, which just closed its extended run at Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018, is a schoolyard meeting between Dorothy of Oz fame and Alice the muse of Lewis Carroll; a serviceable concept, but one that they have not used to serve the show. It is basically a statement: “Alice meets Dorothy,” but a statement is not a foundation for a dramatic endeavor."

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


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"Lead aerialists Malles and Miklas, under the direction of Colleen Dunleap, are energetic and buoyant, capable of keeping the show moving without rushing it along. Although their childlike delivery can be a bit grating, it helps to fortify a tone that is both imaginative and delightfully creepy. ...Dorothy & Alice is a theatrical acid trip that leaves the audience feeling inspired and excited for what the company will create next."

sweet - Angie Hoover - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Expert aerial artists dangle, fly, swoop and SLIDE above and past you in some of the best costumes at this year's Fringe to extremely cool music while telling the story or the character connections between Alice, Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witch, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, Glinda…. it's a whirlwind of gorgeous movement, impressive acrobatics, and gorgeously lit scenes (by way of Brandon Baruch, no surprise). ...I hope this isn't the last storytelling performance Aeriform Arts does at Fringe. I see amazing things ahead. GO! GO! GO! GO!!!!! Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"I have been an admirer of people who can perform aerial acrobatics for awhile, appreciating the incredible athletic ability needed to make such beautiful movements appear to be effortless, which they certainly are not. Starring Tamysen Malles & Monica Miklas as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Alice from Alice in Wonderland who share stories from their lives as they fly through the air together, Nicole Beckerman, Rox Kousaka, Sheri Lee, Diana Nguyen, Jane Osborn, and Chelsea Rousselot portray characters from each of the stories including Toto, The Wicked With of the East, Glenda the Good Witch (on stilts!), the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and White Rabbit. I especially liked the way visual aids such as long flowing scarves were used to reflect the twister in which Dorothy escaped from Kansas - a place she was more than happy to leave, by the way. All the aerial artists created their own costumes to sit their character as well as allow for the necessary movements. The performance was way too short and I hope Aeriform Arts presents a longer aerial story in next year's Fringe. I could watch these artists for hours!"

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


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"I had the biggest smile on my face watching the show. It was a thrill to see the story played out on various (five different) aerial arts equipment. There were spins and spectacles and take-your-breath-away-WOW! moments. Often times all at once so I'd made sure I watched everywhere at the same time so I did not miss anything. Colleen Dunleap, director and choreographer, worked magic in such a limited amount of space. I loved the close proximity to the action. I was able to see the entertainingly fun costumes and make-up and feel small next to the nine foot tall Glinda the Good Witch."

sweet - Marla Kodama


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"The mixture of aerial arts in this show was nothing short of amazing – something like a mini Cirque du Soleil – riveting and entertaining !!!! The show was absolute perfection and a spectacular production! The performers nailed it and gave the stage their all !!!"

sweet - makeda smith


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"I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful show. A trip down Alice's Rabbit Hole and Dorothy's Twister ride to Oz all combined in an aerial performance that defies gravity! We had the best seats! The costumes, the story, music, and the performers are all sensational! This show left me begging for more! I hope they develop this show beyond the Fringe!"

sweet - Baila Romm


Avatar
"Loved the acting ability which can sometimes fall short in aerial-focused shows, plus the artistic choices in using the aerial technique for specific storytelling rather than just ‘doing tricks'. Beautiful imagery all round. Great use of aerial dance to convey story-telling which is my main love of a good aerial show! Costumes, make-up, acting ability all on point with an awesome sound track selection."

sweet - Cat LaCohie


Avatar
"WHAT I LIKED I love the costumes, particularly Glinda's with her stilts! I loved the clever script setting Dorothy and Alice in a playground which leads right into the acrobatics. Quite a amazing show never seen in the Fringe (that I know) my favorite scenes were the tornado (with the house landing in Oz) and Alice sliding down the Rabbit Hole with the music from Jefferson Airplane, such a delightful marriage of music and visuals. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE Although I probably had the best seat in the house in the front row, I worried about the audience sitting on the sideline. Dorothy and Alice deserve a bigger stage in a Vegas casino. I would definitely see it at The Mirage or Bellagio. Also, I wish the other characters had more speaking roles besides Dorothy and Alice. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION Different. Unexpected. A feast to the eyes!"

sweet - Victor Sotomayor