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 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.
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 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
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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 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
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.
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 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
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.
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