This week in theater: 'Alice in Wonderland' opens at CTC, 'Primrose Path' at Guthrie


A stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale "Alice in Wonderland" opens Tuesday for a six-week run at the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis.

A "fully re-imagined production" is promised for the Children's Theater Company stage, which is being staged from a script by Sharon Holland and music by Victor Zupanc. Peter C. Brosius directs.

Local reviews for "Alice in Wonderland" are forthcoming. The play runs through June 15.

The Guthrie Theater's newest production, "The Primrose Path," began previews Saturday and officially opens Friday at the Wurtele Thrust Stage in Minneapolis.

Playwright Crispin Whittell bittersweet romance is based upon the novel "Home of the Gentry" by Ivan Turgenev. Tony Award winner Roger Rees directs.

Local reviews for "The Primrose Path" are forthcoming. The play runs through June 15.

Also, while spring has finally arrived in Minnesota, but the ice fishing comedy “Nice Fish” is keeping winter alive at the Guthrie Theater’s McGuire Proscenium Stage in Minneapolis.

The creation of two-time Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance in collaboration with Duluth poet Louis Jenkins ("A Prairie Home Companion"), the world premiere play is about two men (Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl) who have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season, as the ice is melting and DNR is watching.

Dominic P. Papatola calls the the play "a decent catch" in his review for the Pioneer Press, but does note the production has some issues.

"Ultimately, there's not enough narrative or character exploration to make 'Nice Fish' a wholly satisfying experience," Paptola writes, adding, "the show doesn't justify its two-and-a-half-hour running time.

He does note, however, that "there's a lot of pleasure in watching Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl work with and against each other."

Graydon Royce's review in the Star Tribune is also mixed, and like Papatola, his criticizes the show's run time, saying it's "too long and undisciplined, overreaching its scope and ambitions."

"If you prefer your drama tidy and ordered by crisp dialogue, this odd farrago will test your patience -- perhaps even drive you crazy," Royce writes.

Despite its shortcomings, Royce adds, the "play's wildness courts disaster at the same time it amazes with its bravery. How infrequently we get to see such raw, present and alive work at the Guthrie."

"Nice Fish" runs through May 18.

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