Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland, now playing at The Triple Door, depicts the classic children\’s tale in a way you have never seen it before. It features a cast of some of Seattle\’s best known burlesque artists, including the incomparable Lily Verlaine, who co-produced the show along with Jasper McCann, Kitten LaRue, Miss Indigo Blue, and Inga IngÃ©nue. Each act in Through the Looking Glass features a famous character from the story. Alice, the Caterpillar, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, The Mad Hatter, and the Red and White Queens all make appearances. If I had to venture a guess, I think Lewis Carroll would approve of the burlesque interpretation. One thing I can say for sure is that this show is the polar opposite of the Disney animated Alice in Wonderland film.
Verlaine\’s choreography as the Caterpillar was masterful and started the show off with a bang. Who would have thought it could be that sexy to have so many pairs of feet? Verlaine was riveting as she teased the audience using a mile long boa onstage. While the other acts were entertaining, nothing could top the opening number, and I began to wonder if I had already seen the best the show had to offer. However, the Caterpillar transformed in the second act with Verlaine partnering with Trojan Original for a truly unique visual experience which was every bit as mesmerizing as her original incarnation.
Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland plays at The Triple Door through May 18, 2013. The Triple Door is a terrific Seattle venue serving a menu from the Wild Ginger kitchen so you can enjoy dinner and a show. Just a note of warning, however. If you are seated in the front row up against the stage, you may wish to protect your food from confetti and flamingo feathers which fly everywhere during some of the acts. I saw a few patrons shielding their dinner with menus and cloth napkins.