Friday, August 03, 2007

Wonderful Wonderland

BeansTalk’s contributing editor Lesley Althaus has long espoused the entertaining virtures of Burbank, Calif.-based Troubador Theater Company, so curiosity finally got the best of us.

We recently spent a delightful afternoon as audience members for the Falcon Theatre’s “Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland,” described by the Troubie rep as “a remix of the trippy Lewis Carroll tale to the tune of the greatest one-hit-wonders of all time.”

It did not disappoint. The music was catchy and instantly recognizable, and the troupe wove Carroll’s classic with the tunes of our youth. Even those in our group (there were two) too young to remember the songs were wholly entertained. LOL? You bet.

The trio of BeansTalkers consists of amateur theater attendees, but joining us were another trio of very experienced theater goers – the verdict? Five out of six resounding cheers! To be perfectly frank, our sixth is an accomplished comedy writer and – we think – jaded. While he certainly didn’t express any dislike, he lacked our enthusiastic response. Boo. HRH and his near-age pal were extraordinarily appreciative, barely able to suppress consisted laughter throughout the show.

The Valley heat was surprisingly less intense than usual, so our jaunt over the hill began and ended well. We finished off the evening with dinner at The Great Greek – all-in-all, we encourge any Southern California based readers to follow in suit.

Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland at the Falcon Theatre

BeansTalk Note: We just checked out the website and "Alice" is sold out! Well, certainly deservedly so. But from what our CE tells us and what we witnessed of the professional talented troupe, any of the Troubie shows should be considered. Truly a unique, fun and engaging appearance -- well enjoyed by audiences of varying ages.