A snow-haired woman in a canary yellow vinyl dress emerges from a giant white clamshell. Ethereal figures in white antique dress glide past white walls in which chairs are mysteriously fused. A man dressed as President Lincoln sits atop a mound of earth seeded with hundreds of pennies. In other cities, people have to wait till they're asleep to view such wonders. In Austin, all we have to do is see a show designed by the absolutely fabulous Michael Raiford. Possessed of a vaulting imagination and wicked wit, this scenic and costume designer creates luxuriant stage spectacles that rival the fantasy worlds of Slumberland. Mr. Sandman can wait; we want to drift off with the dreamy Mr. Raiford.
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