|Jordy Lievers (standing center) in ‘‘Alice vs. Wonderland.’’ (Anastasia Korotich)|
Curiouser and curiouser
Enjoy the wonder of the ART’s ‘Alice’ and then have a little tea party at UpStairs on the Square
The adaptation tells the story “through the perspective of an older Alice, age 13 to 14,’’ explains Shea. “Because the story is about the dream of an older Alice, it’s going to look different than the dream of a 7-year-old in Victorian England.’’ Shea’s Alice is a contemporary teenager whose dreams are saturated by pop culture. “It deals with a lot more adult issues, more angst, things that young people today relate to.’’
The shape those dreams take is a largely musical production, sort of Carroll meets Lady Gaga. “It’s about the experience of us looking back on our own teenage years and relating to Alice in that way.’’ Six different actresses play the role of Alice, a decision that reflects the questions of identity inherent in coming of age. “It’s to show the different aspects of a girl and her consciousness going through this journey,’’ Shea says. “Every time she eats or drinks, instead of getting bigger or smaller, she changes her identity, her physical being. The effect it has is it paints this mosaic-like portrait of a modern teenage girl and a teenage identity crisis.’’
“Alice vs. Wonderland,’’ Saturday, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. $15. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300. www.americanrepertorytheater.org
At the nearby UpStairs on the Square, the popular Saturday afternoon tea sittings might not qualify as “mad’’ per se, but they’re certainly the funkiest in town, says co-owner Mary-Catherine Deibel. It’s not your grandmother’s tea, in other words, although she’ll probably enjoy it too.
“We give you beautiful service, but at the same time, it’s not a super-attenuated kind of English tea, what you think of as kind of snooty,’’ says Deibel. “It’s an organic, wonderful thing. And it’s an affordable way to get an artisanal meal.’’ That meal consists of an assortment of sweet and savory options, like hot dates wrapped in bacon, brown raisin bread with cream cheese, cucumber sandwiches, blini with smoked salmon, lemon tarts, milk chocolate praline turtles, and eclairs. Just don’t be late.
Up Stairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933. www.upstairsonthesquare.com
Luke O’Neil can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.