Lawrence Frascella
November 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Alice in Bed

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joan MacIntosh
director
Ivo van Hove
author
Susan Sontag

We gave it a C+

Critic-novelist Susan Sontag’s play Alice in Bed, about Alice James — the sickly sister of writer Henry James — is an antiseptic affair, lacking the passion of Sontag’s best essays. There are thought-provoking lines, but Sontag’s overactive mind runs through so many concepts in so short a time (75 minutes), little takes hold. As it stands, the night is co-opted by Dutch director Ivo van Hove, who imprisons the bedridden Alice (Joan MacIntosh) in a stage full of pulleys, falling scrims, and projected imagery. Basically, Van Hove uses Sontag’s play to create his own provocative piece of installation art. C+

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