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've ever lost a loved-one or lost a pet. Frank talk about death; magical 3rd part sequence about going to Neverland. Chalfant is great!
Don't see it if You'd be bored by watching a "real time" sequence of a hurting family waiting in the hospital waiting area while their dad is dying.
See it if you enjoy a good ensemble cast, the acting is wonderful
Don't see it if The themes are important with the promise of a good story but has little substance and depth. Good start with Act 1, Act 2 falls apart.
See it if You want the treat of seeing Chalfont live on stage. Play touches on death, dying, concerns re aging, faith.
Don't see it if Don't want a too realistic look (read slow) of a bedside vigil. The play is divided into 3 parts - I was bored by 1&2, sorta charmed by 3rd.
See it if You fear growing old. Are curious about the changing relationships within families. About what love and family means. Kathleen Chalfant!!
Don't see it if You like action. Are sad about someone dying. Are stubborn about reconciliation.
See it if you must see everything by Sarah Ruhl or if you are a fan of Kathleen Chalfant and Lisa Emery.
Don't see it if you are upset by long deathbed scenes or if you have a low tolerance for whimsy.
Also It's only 90 minutes, but it seemed much longer.
See it if you are prepared to be bored to death watching the father die; and by the "nothing new here" chat following; amusing but not surprising end
Don't see it if you don't mind seeing excellent actors who could be better served performing in a good play; this one was generally a yawn.
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.
See it if a sweet, nostalgic play with endearing supernatural elements, Best, perhaps, for those approaching senior status. Chalfant is marvelous.
Don't see it if you are disturbed by deathbed scenes -- though this one is quite uplifting. Emery is wonderful as Wendy, Last scenes are a lot of fun.
See it if Some great acting here. Also some great writing, in parts.
Don't see it if It doesn't add up to much. They name-check a lot of issues - aging, families, regrets, politics - but don't really say much about them.
See it if plays about aging interest you. There is so much focus today on the young it was great to see something clever for my demographic.
Don't see it if yet another typical political discussion bores you. The scene in this production was trite, slow and uneven. Last scene had fresh ideas.
See it if Self-referential play set in 3 tableaux - which is the most interesting aspect of the play - that skims the surface of family relationships
Don't see it if and life-after-death questions. If you'd like to see intelligent, loving family relationships, rent The Apple Family plays instead.
See it if you like family stories about siblings grown up (and one who does not want to grow up !)...but not dysfunctional..a normal close knit group.
Don't see it if you don't want fantasy...the siblings become the characters in Peter Pan in the third scene. Kinda fun but kinda silly.
See it if are interested in exploring life's greatest questions in a humorous vein. Peter Pan is presented as an analogy for aspects of life and death
Don't see it if you have no interest in Peter Pan or life after death.
See it if you like conversation and meditations on life, death, family, religion and politics with minimal plot, slow pace and lots of sentimentality.
Don't see it if you like a plot driven play that is realistic with that has a normal or fast pace and dislike an overly silly childish last scene.
See it if you are a fan of Sarah Ruhl plays, this one is personal. The play has 3 components in 90 mins that are related, but disjointed & confusing.
Don't see it if you don't like plays about dying relatives, political family discussions and childhood memories.
See it if you want a thought-provoking play about aging and regret. Two-thirds of the play is straightforward narrative - with 1/3 as dreamlike tale.
Don't see it if you want something clear-cut. This is storytelling with twists and turns of memory and fantasy - that's ultimately rather unsatisfying.
See it if A play that considers aging, death and what may come after appeals to you, and you don't mind that it is grounded in inauthentic family chat
Don't see it if Even if the first doesn't repel you, an escape into confused whimsey is not where you want to go.
See it if you're up for intimate family drama: last hours with dying parent, messy dynamics among loving siblings, shared ambivalence about adulthood
Don't see it if memories of death-bed vigil too painful, clashes re politics with family members distasteful, whimsy of adults' childhood fantasies irksome
See it if you are a fan of Kathleen Chalfant (great) or nostalgic about Peter Pan childhood memories; if you have patience for the author; good sets
Don't see it if you want a coherently written work that has insights into ideas about the loss of childhood and innocence or you are a fan of Ruhl