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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
62
Banal, Slow, Disappointing

See it if ONLY if you are a Sarah Ruhl fanatic and would never want to miss a single work of hers.

Don't see it if you are not a Sarah Ruhl junkie.

During previews
60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if After caring for their dying father 5 siblings discover being an adult is staying grounded and wanting to fly. Not as fun as it wants to be.

Don't see it if A whimsical pantomime approach to death, aging & childhood will leave you befuddled. Even Tinker Bell would find this Pan too airy fairy.

During previews
66
Relevant, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are more interested in the acting than the content. There are some rewarding thoughts, but this is more of an essay than a play.

Don't see it if You want interesting , moving drama

During previews
50
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you HAVE to go. This is nothing new, and mostly listening to adults, well talk, yes just talk about nothing really

Don't see it if you want a thoughtful discourse in growing old or never growing up. Don't see it if you want to see conflict and complexity, this is boring.

During previews
70
Great concept, thought-provoking - but ultimately disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Kathleen Chalfant and will see anything by Sarah Ruhl.

Don't see it if You are expecting Sarah Ruhl to be at the top of her game

Also I wanted to love this but couldn't. I loved the concept - but the tran... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you like Sarah Ruhl nice play Kathleen Chalfant was marvelous a nice evening,and an interesting show.

Don't see it if Nothing to loose,a lovely evening

During previews
30
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You're a Ruhl fan or a Kathleen Chalfant fan (she's good in everything, but even she can't save this play).

Don't see it if I should have given up after Dead Man's Cell Phone! The woman behind me summed it up best: "Can someone please tell me what that was about?

During previews
47
Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Banal, Confusing

See it if Can't think of a reason.

Don't see it if You like well crafted writing.

During previews
65
Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like something offbeat, are interested in topics like aging and being an adult, admire solid performance and Kathleen Chalfant

Don't see it if you want satisfying drama, or can't deal with death, whimsy or fantasy.

Also I so wanted to like this, but found it ultimately unsatisfying. Of the... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you are curious to see what Sarah Ruhl tries not so successfully to create with a Peter Pan Play and are interested in her family.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are somewhat disjointed, long for 90 minutes and thematically confusing.

During previews
70
Clever, Slow, Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you think (as I do) that it's worth seeing Kathleen Chalfant when possible, like shows that cover a wide emotional range (albeit clumsily.)

Don't see it if You don't want to see older people flying.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Relevant

See it if EVERYONE MUST SEE THIS! its a story of youth, age, life & death! Theres something for everyone in this play! All seems relevant & timely.

Don't see it if for any reason! I brought 3 very different people/ages/genders & they all left loving it & feeling something. A true work of art

During previews
90
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You're open to probing family relationships in a warm, honest and sometimes painful - and always moving - manner. Wonderful and smart!

Don't see it if if you think this is a lighthearted version of the (truly profound) story of Peter Pan. The playwright takes a deep, personal dive here.

Also I haven't read the reviews yet and am alarmed to see that the overall ... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if Your a fan of Peter Pan and the philosophy of never, never land

Don't see it if Your completely grown up and don't wish to reminisce about your youth

During previews
100
Delightful, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a poignant Sara Ruhl riff on death, growing up, & family memories. Beautifully written, well-acted, thoughtful. Don't miss!

Don't see it if You like chronological narratives, don't like one-actors that are full of thought-provoking insights, don't like Peter Pan.

During previews
67
Ambitious, Quirky, Banal, Confusing, Slow

See it if you enjoy a sentimental piece, you like the utilization of extended metaphors, you enjoy family-centric shows

Don't see it if you want a quickly moving show; you have no interest in family-centric plots or discussions of death

Also The show's central plot is weak, which is then mixed with the grand th... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like good acting and family drama dealing with subjects such as death, politics, and sibling relationships.

Don't see it if You prefer literal stories and don't like allegories or Peter Pan.

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a frank discussion on aging. Kathleen Chalfant can do no wrong. The second act was not necessary.

Don't see it if you like a play that does not go from point A to point B.

During previews
60
Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Doesn't quite add up

See it if If you're a fan of Sarah Ruhl, and plays that ruminate on life and parenting

Don't see it if You're expecting profound insights or even a fun rethinking of Peter Pan.

Also Sarah Ruhl's play spends a lot of time spinning its wheels on how a fa... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if Have a recollection of the original play and want to see the aerial acrobatics

Don't see it if you are looking for a excellent stage direction and acting First scene was static. Second scene badly acted and directed

During previews
75
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you want to see what Sarah Ruhl's furtive mind is up to these days. Very ambitious play that doesn't always work, is sometimes boring

Don't see it if you think you're going to be entertained by a backstory to Peter Pan.NOT. It's Albee's ALL OVER meets Peter Pan for Octogenarians. Indulgent

During previews
60
Cliched, Great acting, Ambitious, Enchanting, Fluffy

See it if you're really into family dramas that verge on tackling the uncomfortable but pull back before it gets too heavy handed. You're a Ruhl fan.

Don't see it if you long for deep portraits of characters. There wasn't enough time to develop them. You want heart-tugging emotional moments.

Also Sarah Ruhl tried to do too much and thereby didn't leave herself enoug... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like great ensemble acting. You like unconventional structures and writing.

Don't see it if you don't like structural/narrative left turns and absurdist storytelling. You want linear narratives or characters. Amateur "flying" rigs.

During previews
20
Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Naive, Ill-conceived

See it if you're a Peter Pan fanatic who needs to see anything related to Barrie's character.

Don't see it if you're not a masochist looking to sit through 90 minutes of dreck.

During previews
52
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you are a die hard Kathleen Chalfant fan or have a Peter Pan fetish.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fully developed play because this feels like a bunch of actors saying lines that could have been improvised.

Also This felt like an Annie Baker-wanna-be play, without the wit, intellig... Read more Read less


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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