Originally put up in the Fine Arts Theater in Chicago, the play later opened at the Booth Theater in New York.
morrow and jam yesterday--but never jam today.
It must come sometimes to "jam today."
No, it can't, it's jam every other day; today isn't any other day, you know.
I don't understand you, it's dreadfully confusing!
That's the effect of living backwards, it always makes one a little giddy at first--
Living backwards! I never heard of such a thing!
But there's one great advantage in it--that one's memory works both ways.
I'm sure mine only works one way. I can't remember things before they happen.
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
What sort of things do you remember best?
Oh, things that happened the week after next. For instance now:
[She sticks a large piece of plaster on her finger.]
There's the King's messenger--h
Alice Gerstenberg was a prolific Chicago playwright, Alice in Wonderland being one of her first works.
Actually, the play is a mishmash of Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and characters from both stories pop in and out of the narrative which for this reader was distracting and created to jarring a dissonance for one who knows the original source material very well.
It would have been interesting to see how Gerstenberg worked out the logistics of the play as there are several special effects that are described, but there are no actual notes to reveal how they were pulled off (such as the Cheshire Cat).
All in all, reading the play is a quick, quite diversion to pass an hour, but nothing memorable.
C. Alan Loewen