Too much of the play deals with a slow, veiled, stop-start romance between dull, repressed animator Finch (Jason Kuykendall) and his assistant Alice (Dana Brooke, formerly a B Street intern). Brooke’s Alice, with her luminous glance, wants to break into a world of exploration and adventure, artistically, sexually and otherwise. But this tame production, which Disney might almost have blessed, concludes with a mealy-mouthed enactment of the wedding-cake ritual, as Finch and Alice feed each other sandwiches in a deserted office.
The playwright also invokes Alice in Wonderland—as if Dalí wasn’t wild enough. But director Buck Busfield’s efforts at the surreal onstage are tame, particularly after Robert Lepage’s La Casa Azul, about Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo. Lepage got far better effects with equally simple props. Lobster Alice is faint by comparison.