This week in theater: 'Alice in Wonderland' continues at CTC

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The Children’s Theatre Company's new production of “Alice in Wonderland” continues its run this week in Minneapolis.

Rob Hubbard in his review for the Pioneer Press calls the latest staging of the classic Lewis Carroll tale "one of those rare productions that provide rewards for all ages" and says it's "clever, colorful fun -- that's appropriately absurd."

Lisa Brock gives high praise to the production in her Star Tribune review, saying “CTC’s foray into Wonderland sizzles with surprises, from kitchens and tea parties that pop out of the floor to chairs that fly through the air and bottles that mysteriously empty themselves and then vanish altogether.”

Brock also calls the production is "a scenic wonder, with set pieces and puppets taking on lives of their own."

"Alice in Wonderland" at the CTC runs through June 15.

Meanwhile, the Guthrie Theater’s latest production “The Primrose Path,” continues at the Wurtele Thrust Stage in Minneapolis.

The world premiere production got a mixed review from Pioneer Press critic Dominic Papatola, who writes Whittell’s script "has some lovely language and sketches out a number of interesting ideas and characters."

However, the critic adds, the long first act drags on and the play "can’t ever decide if it wants to be a comedy of manners, a melodrama, a proto-Chekhovian study of tortured provincial Russian country folk striving mightily to be sophisticated … or something else."

Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune also gives the play a mixed review, saying it "just does not smell Russian enough." He also comments, "We don’t feel the heavy air of the Steppe and the whiff of a desperate and unquenchable pursuit of happiness."

While Royce praises the actors for providing comic relief, he also notes that "comic relief is cheap in this swirling carnival of amusement. What we need more of is the story’s core."

The play runs through June 15.

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