A night of queens at ‘Lookingglass’ [photos]

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VIEW PHOTOS | ‘Lookingglass Alice’ Queen Night @ Alliance Theatre

imageAs if “Lookingglass Alice” doesn’t offer enough twists, turns, high drama and costumes, the Alliance Theatre added its own last Thursday: A trio of drag queens fit for Queen Night.

The evening was the theater’s outreach to its LGBT fans during a week of previews for “Lookingglass Alice,” the stage adaptation of two of Lewis Carroll’s books, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” The production is a mix of live theater, outsized characters and enough high-wire action to leave you wondering if you’re sitting through the latest Cirque du Soleil offering.

For Queen Night, the Alliance offered an after-party with special cocktails, a DJ and a costume contest. What better to judge one of those than offering drag queens to dish while they judge? On hand to judge were drag personalities Stasha Sanchez, Miss Gay USofA 2009; Nicole Paige Brooks (top photo), one of two Atlanta queens competing on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” this season; and Miss Sophia, the V-103 queen who delivers “Girl Talk.”

image“Lookingglass Alice” runs through May 2 with its case of just five actors playing about 40 characters in the show. “Alice in Wonderland” features Alice falling down a rabbit hole, but in “Lookingglass Alice,” she steps onto her mantle and through the lookingglass to a chessboard.

Her journey takes her from being a pawn to becoming a queen. But in this show, she does so through an aerial spectacle that includes audience members seated on stage in a radically reconfigured Alliance.

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