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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)


Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Quirky
Avg Score

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

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.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you love Kathleen Chalfant

Don't see it if you want a clearly focused meditation on its principal themes, ie aging and death. Toys with significance but never gets there

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Delightful

See it if you appreciate shows that discuss aging, politics and keeping your spirit young.

Don't see it if you want to laugh all the time. This explores letting go of those we love.

Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky

See it if I like her plays and after review had low expectations but enjoyed good dialogue

Don't see it if like a good ending the last part of the play was the weakest

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

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, Thought-provoking, Innovative, Great acting

See it if You love to see pros on stage do their thing, and you like to be challenged a bit by the material

Don't see it if Fantasy ideas turn you off

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you're a fan of Sarah Ruhl or Peter Pan! This play is so refreshing while being nostalgic and profound at the same time. Bring tissues!

Don't see it if You don't like theatre that breaks the 4th wall, Sarah Ruhl, stories about death

Delightful, Great staging, Fluffy, Poignant

See it if You like Sarah Ruhl's work, you enjoy the classic Peter Pan story, you like quiet beautiful work.

Don't see it if You have no frame of reference for Peter Pan beyond the Disney movie, you need a lot of plot action, reality breaks bother you.

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, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You are as much a Sarah Ruhl fan as I. Great writing, wonderful performances (esp. Chalfant) - reflective of aging, death and growing up.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy quirkiness

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want a play which is touching on many levels and deals with real issues with both humor and pathos, enjoy a wonderful acting ensemble.

Don't see it if You need a traditionally linear play, don't like flights of fancy mixed with serious drama, have little imagination, are immune to delight.

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.

Delightful, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Banal, Uneven

See it if If you're a fan of Sarah Ruehl and/or Kathleen Chalfant, and like quirky scripts with a homespun glow.

Don't see it if If you are expecting linear drama with a clear throughline or any strong message. And if you don't like "quirky" plays

Quirky, Intense

See it if you are willing to embrace a show that deviates from the classic, Western plot structure.

Don't see it if you have recently lost someone important or are uncomfortable with nostalgia and aging.

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

Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Unique

See it if you like plays about family relationships, but with a positive spin.

Don't see it if you don't like theater that's a little unexpected.

Also Sarah Ruhl brings us a lovely play about siblings dealing with their f... Read more Read less

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

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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