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For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday

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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
68
Avg Score

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
80
Resonant, Enchanting, Relevant

See it if I love Sarah Ruhl's plays. This play touched me on so many levels - what does it mean to be a grown up? What happens when we die?

Don't see it if you don't like quirky.

During previews
72
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Chalfant, you like good ensemble acting, you want to see every new play that comes out

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that makes sense or is profound. This one pretends to be profound but doesn't make it. Kind of banal and jumbled.

During previews
70
Confusing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you love great acting Kathleen Chalfant is terrific. The play is on the verge of saying something profound but never really gets there.

Don't see it if you get bored listening to talky scenes. Also, can be very emotional if you recently lost a parent or loved one.

Also I think what the playwright is trying to explore is that you never ful... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Delightful, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if you are interested in issues of what it means to grow up. Good ensemble acting and thoughtful writing/directing. Bit slow and repetitive

Don't see it if "Charming" is not in your vocabulary. This is a thoughtful low-key play about ordinary people dealing with life and not a high energy night

During previews
65
Disappointing

See it if A new play maybe of interest to you dealing with a woman in her youth once played Peter Pan in a school production.

Don't see it if Long scenes of a dying person are disturbing to you. Find plays that are very talkie with little action tedious to watch.

During previews
75
Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you like a dash of catholics, politics, family conflict, and death all in one. throw in peter pan, does that grab you?

Don't see it if you don't like disjointed shows, don't like peter pan, don't like to watch death on stage, don't like family conflicts that may cut close.

Also Just to see 72 yo Kathleen Chalfant fly as peter pan at the end was di... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Funny, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Kathleen Chalfant, Sara Ruhl or being challenged.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a 180 degree turnaround in the middle of a play.

During previews
70
Game and affecting cast, More of a whimsical collage of ideas than a play, Wonderful dialogue in second section, Disappointing

See it if you have an appetite for Ruhl's feeling-structured plays. Little narrative throughline but some marvelously perceptive situations, thoughts

Don't see it if you are put off by a triptych structure that changes tone radically with each section, or if you need to connect with a narrative arc

Also There are some moving and transporting moments here, but it is difficu... Read more Read less

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
50
Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if Great Lisa Emery, who can read the phone book, while the legendary Kathleen Chalfant watches her would have been a better play.

Don't see it if This unfocused and very uneven play lacks purpose. I guess the bottom line is that age and death will get us all, one way or the other.

During previews
76
Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Know Kathleen Chalfont commands any stage. Like real life dialogue , thought provoking play, are OK each character not fully developed.

Don't see it if You have to measure this against Ruhl's other works. Don't have patience for dialogue..and don't know Kathleen Chalfont.

During previews
84
Very well acted, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want intelligent conversations about serious subjects (like caring for parents) and growing up. Wonderful dialogue!

Don't see it if you think theatre should be full of special effects, like a summer movie.

During previews
70
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like great acting, a lot about reacting to death in a family and Peter Pan

Don't see it if you don't want to think about death and family dynamic not thoroughly plotted through.

Also The first half was thoughtful and fairly interesting although slow. Th... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You love Sarah Ruhl's library of work. It's a great conversation piece with interesting topics.

Don't see it if You are looking for a night of light theatre or a show to bring the kids to.

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
75
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Profound, Great staging

See it if you have siblings or imagine that you have. A delightful and insightful family dialog about..what was it about? Anyway, who wants to grow up

Don't see it if you have no idea who Peter Pan is or every seen a production of the play.

During previews
80
Clever, Funny, Great writing

See it if Ruhl's surreal humor at its finest. Kathleen Chalfant and Lisa Emery are terrific!

Don't see it if If aging or deathbed humor bothers you.

During previews
72
Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if some beautiful writing and well-acted emotional scenes and a timeless theme.

Don't see it if get bored with tedious stage business and thinly drawn characters

During previews
94
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like a thought provoking play on death and dying as one gets older as contrasted by the never grow up theme of Peter Pan. Poignant

Don't see it if You don't like a death and dying theme or if not a fan of Peter Pan.

Also Well acted and enjoyable. One of my favorite off Broadway plays (I am ... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy an adult fantasy. Great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like a lovely escape from reality

During previews
65
Ambitious, Quirky, Confusing, Tedious, Disappointing

See it if for an allegorical attempt to relate death, adulthood and loss of innocence

Don't see it if connecting the dots (of the themes) are not well defined

During previews
93
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Anyone with siblings and/or children will appreciate the sensitive way Sarah Ruhl has handled this theme

Don't see it if I think it's a show for everyone with any sensitivity.

During previews
50
Cloyingly autobiographical, Disappointing, People sitting around talking about family, Reminiscences no action, Chalfant flies!!

See it if You want to see Kathleen Chalfant and Lisa Emery flying and David Chandler do a fun Capt. Hook. You like drawn out death scenes & sap.

Don't see it if You want to see tedious death scene & drunken family banter, reminiscences & inside jokes. All this means a lot to Ruhl but nothing to us.

During previews
85
Profound, Poignant, Peculiar, Resonant, Slow

See it if you're game for thoughtfully-experimental, theatrically-adventurous & expertly-acted rumination on aging & mortality; Chalfant rocks

Don't see it if you need your plays to have clearly plotted dramatic trajectories; if you don't want to see another bickering family play


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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