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 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 have never seen Kathleen Chalfant on stage. Regardless of the shortcomings of the play, she is a theatrical treasure and not be missed.
Don't see it if you prefer plays with a dramatic arc or real stakes and character development; if lengthy conversations about aging and politics bore you.
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.
See it if - You're dealing with grief. - You are older than 25. - You love the story of Peter Pan.
Don't see it if - You're looking for minority voices. - You're looking for a youthful perspective. - You don't get the hype behind Peter Pan.
See it if you want to see a reflection of a real family and a specific yet universal story.
Don't see it if you want a lot of plot because this is mostly driven by emotion
See it if you're a fan of Sarah Ruhl or Kathleen Chalfant.
Don't see it if you have an issue with long digressions which don't seem to go anywhere, or if you don't like magic realism
See it if You are fans of the author, actors or director. If you don't care if the set matches and enhances the story.
Don't see it if You like a well written story that doesn't waste time or words and a set design that is clever and enhances the show.
See it if you want a quiet meditation on life and death, memory play, are fascinated by the psyche of the Peter Pan story
Don't see it if you need something fast paced, with more short scenes instead of 3 long ones, if you would rather see a play with young actors
See it if you don't need full-on realism, you're a Chalfant, Ruhl, or Playwrights Horizons fan, you like family stories, you don't mind tonal shifts
Don't see it if you can't watch another realistic family deathbed scene, you don't like whimsy, you don't like plays to switch stylistic horses midstream
See it if You like to see unusual, risk-taking, quirky things or are a big Ruhl fan.
Don't see it if You need tight narrative cohesion and obvious forward momentum.
See it if You (like I) love all the "back-story" works about Peter (Finding Neverland, Peter & the Starcatchers, etc.). You love Kathleen Chalfant.
Don't see it if You need your stories wrapped up tight with a bow. You need heavy "plot action". You prefer literalism over symbolism.
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.
See it if Cast is good, but writing & direction is strange & disjointed. 1st part is painfully slow, 2nd part is tedious & 3rd part is just bizarre.
Don't see it if It's all over the place. At one point I felt like I was watching improv exercises for a high school theater troupe. No clear vision/voice.
See it if You like intimate family dramas, especially if you were raised Catholic, in a small town even better.
Don't see it if You don't want to face death, family and politics all coming to a boiling point.
See it if This was excruciating. Disjointed plot with a weak script. Couldn't wait for it to end. Ambitious for sure but a rough watch.
Don't see it if I like to give most shows especially ones at Playwrights a break but this was a miss. Sorry.
See it if A taut, well directed ensemble bring out the best in Ruhl's choppy autobiographical tritych Opening scene emotionally wrenching & the best
Don't see it if Death, aging & the afterlife may not be considered 'entertainment' to many but Ruhl's writting often sharp & poignant Middle act is a slog
See it if semi-autobiographical portrayal of playwright's family arguing about death, religion, politics well-acted but not very theatrical
Don't see it if at end recreating Peter Pan-like tale w family members as characters 2 explore issues of death/becoming an adult, etc. doesn't work
See it if you wish to see a very clever retelling of the Peter Pan story. Excellent cast with wonderful and amusing set. Entertaining intelligent show
Don't see it if you do not like any story about Peter Pan.