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Working for the Mouse 

When: Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 16 2011
Price: $10-$20

So-called "lifers" at Disneyland have colorful ways of describing their worksite -- among them "Eisnerland" and "Mauschwitz." Mickey's Toontown, a new theme-park subdivision inspired by the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, is "a cartoon concentration camp," in the words of one grizzled employee. And yet, it's also a place for insouciant UCLA theater majors, aspiring character actors, and young adults who never want to grow up. Trevor Allen was all three when he landed a gig at Disneyland twenty years ago, first as Pluto the yellow dog, then as the Mad Hatter (for which he actually got voice clearance). He offers a humorous, slightly sobering, but ultimately warm-hearted account of the whole experience in Working for the Mouse, a monologue he developed fifteen years ago in a solo performance workshop. Although it will mostly appeal to people who grew up steeped in Disneyland culture, the performance benefits from Allen's talents as a writer and storyteller -- not to mention his fabulous Ed Wynn impersonation. Nancy Carlin directs. Through July 8 at LaVal's Subterranean (1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley) $12-$20. 510-224-5744 or ImpactTheatre.com

— Rachel Swan

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