an hour of cabaret-theater
Bruce Lazarus' Carrolling: The Lewis Carroll Project is cabaret-theater for four singer-actors (AJ Cote, Lena Gilbert, Jason Koth, and Jennifer Winn) and piano which celebrates Lewis Carroll’s wit, loopy logic, engagement with mathematics, and love of the world of children. About half the poems are from the ever-loved Alice books, but other songs are settings of poems from works such as Sylve and Bruno and The Game of Logic.
The 15 songs are exuberant, comedic, and occasionally introspective in the slightly asymmetrical phrasing and mildly spicy harmony of the contemporary art-song. A few of the songs - such as “Tweedledum and Tweedledee” - are complete dramatic scenes in themselves. There are also fun songs (“Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat”), songs with satirical edges (“Beautiful Soup”), sad songs ("Be As A Child"), sweetly naïve songs (“Doll Song”), songs which relate to the disappointments and hassles of everyday life ("Mad Gardener’s Song”)., and songs which express a calm, almost Zen-like approach to life (“Is All Our Life a Dream?”).