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For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday

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Members say: Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Quirky

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (165)


Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Quirky

Intelligent, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

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.

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Depressing, Slow

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.

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

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

Quirky, Silly, Slow

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.

Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Overrated

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 .

Cliched, Slow, Doesn't hang together, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

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

Cliched, Banal, Excruciating, Great acting, Overrated

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.

Cliched, Quirky, Slow

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...?

Slow, Great acting, Different, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see 70 year old playing Peter Pan.

Don't see it if you don't like shows are partly realistic and part fantasy.

Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

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.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Tedious

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.

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Overrated

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.

Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky, Slow, Relevant

See it if you are a big Kathleen Chalfant and/or Sarah Ruhl fan.

Don't see it if you dislike talky plays.

Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Overrated, Indulgent

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

Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you want to see a family dealing with the loss of a loved one

Don't see it if you want to see a production of peter pan

Banal, Quirky, Slow, Insipid, Indulgent

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.

Also A strangely dull and meandering piece that has "magic" inbuilt and yet... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Uneven, Intelligent, Quirky

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.

Clever, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

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.

Slow, Banal, Confusing, Meh, Indulgent

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.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky

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

Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy Ruhl's intellectual discourse.

Don't see it if you're looking for an exciting play.

Ambitious, Great staging, Slow

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

Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing

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.

September 13th, 2017
"Sometimes moving, sometimes baggy play...'For Peter Pan' strikes me as stuck partway between theatrical worlds...Without external conflict, the interactions can seem shapeless, the pacing gelatinous. Making things worse is the unevenness of the performances...If you are aiming for lightness, a l...
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September 13th, 2017
“What begins in gauzy dullness—Ruhl mandates that the first two parts ‘should feel almost unperformed,’ and they do—eventually gets hoisted on a clunky apparatus of symbolism about refusing to grow old…The finale trots out familiar stuff about the magic of theater, but no amount of fairy dust and...
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September 14th, 2017
"What had happened between an inspired idea and a production that left me more frustrated than inspired?...It comes down to two things: design and politics...Ruhl revels in the world of fancy, but this production’s visuals leave little to the imagination...The play’s engagement with politics feel...
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September 13th, 2017
"Even the most skilled playwright would have trouble juggling these disparate stylistic elements of confessional monologue, homespun naturalism and fantasy, and despite—or perhaps because of—Ruhl's personal connection to her material, the piece feels hopelessly strained...Chalfant, as always, is ...
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