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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)


Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Quirky
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During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Delightful, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a slow-paced family drama with some wonderful performances by a few actors.

Don't see it if you are looking for something revolutionary, invigorating, or game-changing.

During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Depressing, Morbid

See it if A waste of a beautiful Sunday afternoon! A morbid allegory of PETER PAN where hook represents death and Peter is afraid to grow old and die.

Don't see it if You love anything to do with Peter Pan. This show will spoil it for you forever unless you try very hard to forget it.

Also The cast tries. The costume change is clever as is the use of the set

During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want a story about a family that isn't an intense drama, maybe most suited for an older crowd.

Don't see it if You want dark drama, clashing family members, something fast-paced. Younger audiences probably won't relate to the story as well.

During previews

See it if If you want to see chalfant.

Don't see it if The beginning is waiting for their father to die from cancer. Then they go back to their childhood and go to neverland. I found it boring.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Peter Pan, Kathleen Chalfant, or plays exploring family, especially sibling relationships

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays with no intermission (90 minutes), plots and dialogue centered on death and mortality; have connections to Peter Pan

During previews
Profound, Refreshing, Quirky, Must see

See it if you want to see a play about grief and love and families and how important theatre is.

Don't see it if you want a linear experience; this play purposefully floats between worlds and the experience is meant to wash over you.

Also I am truly baffled at the amount of low scores this play has received;... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Indulgent, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if a play dealing with mortality and adulthood interests you. The acting is great and you get to see a real piece of the author

Don't see it if a slow start and subtle drama turn you off

Also After reading previous comments, my expectations were pretty low. I ge... Read more Read less

During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Muddled

See it if you're a fan of Sarah Ruhl or Kathleen Chalfant. There are many weak points but there's a good story in there somewhere.

Don't see it if You don't like sentimental plays, or dream/fantasy sequences.

Also I wish Ruhl stuck to the central themes of loss, grief and growing old... Read more Read less

During previews
Boring, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if a play about "growing up" through the eyes of some 50-year-olds sounds interesting

Don't see it if The first two thirds of the show were excruciatingly boring. I'm disappointed because I enjoy some of Sarah Ruhl's other work

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Split personality, Slow

See it if you like theater about aging, mortality and family relationships.

Don't see it if you find the realistic sounds of a person dying disturbing. Also, if you don't like shows with split personalities.

Also Much like Ms. Ruehl's Vibrator Play, this play changed course rather a... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You have a soft spot for Peter Pan and appreciate fine acting, especially the wonderful Kathleen Chalfant.

Don't see it if Can't deal with a quirky play. It jumps from a slow and awkward deathbed scene to a hilarious and touching Peter Pan take-off.

During previews
Great acting

See it if You like watching Katherine Chalfant do what she can even with limp material.

Don't see it if you ever read "When Wendy Grew Up", Barrie's own much more affecting sequel.

During previews
Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Kathleen Chalfont is excellent, Lisa Emory is fine, and the story line works if you are familiar with Peter Pan.

Don't see it if you can't connect family drama with a leap into Neverland.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Not exactly a play

See it if you like all things "Peter Pan".

Don't see it if you want to maintain your belief that Sarah Ruhl is a good playwright and that Playwright's Horizons produces great work.

For a previous production
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Wonderful Show!! Plot was good Music was great! Excellent Actors

Don't see it if U don t like Musicals!!

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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