A...My Name is Alice, The Musical
    Presented By: Cutting Edge Theater
    Dates: September 28, 2018 - October 13, 2018
    Recurring: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
    Time: 8pm Fridays and Saturdays
    Price: $25-$32.50 + online fees
    Location: Cutting Edge Theater
    Address: 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA 70458
    Phone: (985) 649-3727

Cutting Edge Theater presents A...My Name is Alice, September 28-October 13, 2018. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.

”A. . . MY NAME IS ALICE” is a delightful new musical revue consisting of 20 songs and sketches written by many hands and performed by five fizzy song-and-dance women. The subject of Alice is also women – but the show’s feminism is worn lightly. If anything, women are as likely to be satirical targets as men. In one wicked number, ”Emily, the M.B.A.,” a female business executive’s raised consciousness crumbles when she engineers a corporate takeover of a company called Womantronics Inc. In the evening’s one running gag, a woman poet recites a cycle of self-martyring verses – all of which contain the accusatory refrain, "He did it/ he did it."

Many of the songs are theater songs in the best sense: the music and lyrics are so sophisticated that they can carry the weight of one-act plays. A song called "Friends" recounts the entire history of a friendship that sustains two women from high school through marriage and old age; another, "Sisters," provides a similar account of two women whose lifelong sibling rivalry at last reaches a bittersweet resolution in a lonely apartment in Queens.
But even the show’s flat-out comic turns can gain in complexity as they go along. "Honeypot," a number in which a blues singer seeks help from a psychologist, is at once a parody of modern sexual therapy and a devilish explication of the disguised erotic content of old-time blues lyrics. "Trash" begins as a parody of pulp 'women’s fiction' and ends up dramatizing the disappointed life of an office receptionist who chases after the fantasies propagated by Judith Krantz.

A...My Name is Alice, The Musical
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  • Cutting Edge Theater
  • $25-$32.50 + online fees
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday