Tuesday, November 8, 2011

“Trevor Allen gives brilliant performance in ‘Working for the Mouse”

By Stephanie Wright Hession
Arts and Culture Writer

Performing a one person show presents an array of challenges, the main one being how to keep the attention of audience members for an extended period of time, especially when the production doesn’t include an intermission. And yet that’s exactly what Trevor Allen did brilliantly during his 90 minute, solo show, “Working for the Mouse.” Directed by Nancy Carlin, based on Kent Nicholson’s original staging, and presented by the Black Box Theatre, it opened Friday Nov. 4 at the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco.

Through his engaging storytelling, hilarious impersonations and wonderful imagination, Allen relays his experience working some 20 years ago as costumed characters at Disneyland—Pluto, Smee, Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. All along, the audience is right there with him on a mirthful romp that makes for a delightful evening of theater.

“Working for the Mouse,” through Dec. 17 at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco. $20 advance, $22 at the door. For tickets call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.browpapertickets.com/event/201528

Photos by Cheshire Isaacs