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For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday

From 165 member  reviews
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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Quirky

40
Indulgent, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Pointless

See it if only if you are intent on seeing every work written by Sarah Ruhl.

Don't see it if you expect interesting characters, dialogue and situations or if you want a play that really has something to say about Peter Pan.

30
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Want to spend 20 minutes wishing a character would die. Sorry they weren't dead when the play began so we could get on with it.

Don't see it if You are a fan of Chalfant. She's terribly miscast in a badly written part in a poorly written play Nesver believed she wanted to be Peter.

Also Boring first scene. Boring second scene. Messy 3rd scene. Interesting ... Read more Read less

34
Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a dull under developed uncooked play. You have to see all of Sarah Ruel's plays. Good or bad

Don't see it if You have no Patience for theatre companies producing plays by famous playwrights even if a play isnt ready

36
Disappointing

See it if Not at all

Don't see it if Are limited with the number of shows you see

36
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You are a member of Sarah Rule's family

Don't see it if You are not a member of Sarah Rule's family

During previews
45
Pointless, Charmless, Insipid, Clunky, Embarrassing

See it if you love Chalfant. She soars (literally!) even in an incoherent vehicle. But what gibberish she and her cast mates must speak. Bad script.

Don't see it if you want insights. Discussions (religion, politics, euthanasia) are superficial. Ruhl delivers a mess. Waste of talented cast/expensive set.

Also The original Peter Pan packs a wallop at the end when Wendy must stay ... Read more Read less

During previews
40
Unimpressive, Unexceptional, Dull, Ruhl's done better, No insight

See it if Ruhl experiments w/ a family drama that for once doesn’t hinge on ghastly suppressed secrets or neurotic personalities. Sounds cool, right?

Don't see it if you expect that experiment to succeed. Play fails to stimulate emotionally or intellectually. Sadly lowered my estimation of Ruhl. Skip.

Also Acting & design are fine, but the whole construct of staging a story t... Read more Read less

During previews
45
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You like Family drama exploring themes of death and mortality.

Don't see it if You want a thought provoking satisfying drama. It is a confusing bit of fluff with no real meaningful core

During previews
40
A father's deathbed, a whiskey drenched wake and neverland

See it if Strange scene transitions from a father's deathbed, to a whiskey fueled wake and then Neverland. Chalfant is brilliant always!

Don't see it if not whimsical like the title may suggest; I saw this very early in previews needs more development.

During previews
40
Boring with little point

See it if you like Sarah Ruhl plays

Don't see it if you enjoy plot or, at the very least, interesting dialogue. I'm sure that I missed the point of the show.

During previews
30
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You're a Ruhl fan or a Kathleen Chalfant fan (she's good in everything, but even she can't save this play).

Don't see it if I should have given up after Dead Man's Cell Phone! The woman behind me summed it up best: "Can someone please tell me what that was about?

During previews
47
Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Banal, Confusing

See it if Can't think of a reason.

Don't see it if You like well crafted writing.

During previews
20
Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Naive, Ill-conceived

See it if you're a Peter Pan fanatic who needs to see anything related to Barrie's character.

Don't see it if you're not a masochist looking to sit through 90 minutes of dreck.

During previews
29
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Depressing, Morbid

See it if A waste of a beautiful Sunday afternoon! A morbid allegory of PETER PAN where hook represents death and Peter is afraid to grow old and die.

Don't see it if You love anything to do with Peter Pan. This show will spoil it for you forever unless you try very hard to forget it.

Also The cast tries. The costume change is clever as is the use of the set

During previews
40
Boring, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if a play about "growing up" through the eyes of some 50-year-olds sounds interesting

Don't see it if The first two thirds of the show were excruciatingly boring. I'm disappointed because I enjoy some of Sarah Ruhl's other work


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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