Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's play in which five siblings are driven to reconnect with childhood dreams in the wake of their father’s death. More…
Playing Peter Pan at her hometown children’s theater is one of Ann’s fondest, most formative memories. Now, 50 years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old. Ruhl conjures a tender, yearning tale that flies in the face of time in the search for a second youth.
See it if you like family dramas and don't mind themes of aging and mortality.
Don't see it if you prefer action or "easy" shows that don't require much brain power. The dialogue is sometimes complex and scenes are disjointed.
See it if You want to see a wonderful childhood story with most of the magic taken out. You can sit through an excruciating long death bed scene.
Don't see it if You want your childhood memories of Peter Pan to remain intact. You don't want to struggle to put the pieces of a disjointed story together.
See it if Fantasy oriented family drama. Well intentioned, but misses on many levels
Don't see it if like a concise story that mixes whimsy and drama successfully
See it if you are interested in unusual ways to re-visit Peter Pan and do not mind the lack of story line.
Don't see it if you want a strong story and well-developed characters and do not particularly care about Peter Pan.
See it if What a waste of superior talent in a story that doesn't seem to know where it is going
Don't see it if You have any other options . These actors have all done great work elsewhere and will do so again . Skip this one .
Also Ruhl must be an acquired taste I'm waiting to acquire .
See it if You are loyal to Playwrights and/or a fan of Ruhl, this playwright. You like family dramedy, political banter, or existential pondering.
Don't see it if You are looking for a lively night at the theatre -- this show drags and doesn't really deliver.
See it if This is a dialogue driven play with two disjointed parts. To me, Peter Pan is overdone, and this point of view was tedious but tried
Don't see it if You are not into overly talk-y plays
See it if you love any of the actors in the piece, especially Chalfant, or you are interested in stories of family dynamics across time
Don't see it if you are interested in a play that has a meaningful/new message or one that is particularly well-written/paced.
See it if you are a fan of family dramas. A family comes together over tragedy & fights/reminisces. The first half was ok, then the fantasy starts
Don't see it if you are just looking for the Peter Pan aspect. That section is only about 20 minutes long. This show was maybe marketed incorrectly...?
See it if you wanted to see a talented ensemble dealing with a family drama.
Don't see it if you didn't realize what a heartbreaking family play this is (the advertising was very deceptive). The "Follies" like climax moved me.
See it if You love Sarah Ruhl. While without a doubt one of the best modern dramatists, she misses big time with this one.
Don't see it if You need to be engaged in the theater. This play is admittedly a personal homage to Ruhl's mother, but it does not hang together as drama.
See it if You want to see something that should be ALOT better. Sarah Ruhl, really??? You would think she could do better.
Don't see it if You have to pay full price.
See it if you want to see a new take on a coming of age story; you love everything about Peter Pan
Don't see it if you don't want to watch the theme of not growing up repeated over and over for 90 minutes; you want a play with a solid conclusion
See it if you love Sarah Ruhl's work and want to experience it no matter what. An understandable point of view!
Don't see it if you are after profound revelations, high-caliber acting, excitement.
See it if You love Kathleen Chalfant - she is always a joy in any role
Don't see it if You will disappointed by a concept that is interesting in theory but doesn't work in execution.
See it if Ruhl is a genius and there are always small delights in her work - but this is a rare misfire.
Don't see it if You're looking for something with momentum. Acting is shaky - don't know why actors deliver Ruhl's crystalline observations like punchlines.
See it if you want to see an established playwright's gift to her mother.
Don't see it if you're not interested in a family drama about white people with a strange twist.
See it if You want to see everything
Don't see it if If you want something that has depth and is a good idea pursued with characters that you care about and is edited
See it if You're looking for a sentimental piece on growing up, the realities of death and the joys of youth. Some moments of pure joy.
Don't see it if You prefer classic Ruhl dialogue or dislike the story of Peter Pan
See it if you like Peter Pan and enjoy watching special effects like flying on stage.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light-hearted, didactic Sarah Ruhl play. I didn't really feel like I left the theatre with a message to take with me.
See it if you want in interesting show about aging
Don't see it if you are ok with the fact that the third scene offers zero payoff after a great buildup in the first two.