Peter Pan
Closed 1h 45m
Peter Pan
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Peter Pan NYC Reviews and Tickets

59%
(115 Reviews)
Positive
42%
Mixed
27%
Negative
31%
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Clever, Great acting

About the Show

Bedlam returns to Off-Broadway, bringing their high-energy, stripped-down aesthetic to a new production of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of Neverland.

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Member Reviews (115)

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
59
Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a different take than the usual story. Sometimes funny. Sometimes a little bit avant-garde but points for trying.

Don't see it if You don’t like your Peter Pan outside the box. This one is not successful on every level and hard to follow at times.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
75
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the challenge of seeing a familiar piece reinterpreted by imaginative actors.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything traditional - no flying, no glitter, A lot of the changes do not seem to have theatrical purpose.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
77
Clever, Confusing, Ambitious, Schticky, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Bedlam's unorthodox presentation of conventional works. This may be their least cohesive show, but there's still plenty to enjoy.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional staging of the Peter Pan story or you're a JM Barrie purist. [This is an anarchistic, subversive take on the play.]

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
70
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like inventive theatrical bits, even when extraneous to a production's central thrust -- or is the series of bits the main point here?

Don't see it if you love the original too much to see it tinkered with. Read more

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
55
Confusing, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like anything about Peter Pan even a very confusing production. The actors change roles and not always smoothly. Some humor.

Don't see it if you like a traditional version of Peter Pan or don't care for Peter Pan at all. Read more

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
46
Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Joyless, Epic fail

See it if You know someone involved with the production. You want a new interpretation of a classic play.

Don't see it if You want to see Peter Pan: this isn't it. You want a clear artistic vision: I don't know what this production was trying to say. Read more

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
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Bedlam loses its sterling reputation with this bomb, Confusing, Disappointing, Overlong, Excruciating

See it if you have 100 minutes of your life you are willing to give up. You like terrible adaptations of classics.

Don't see it if you're smart. Save your money and more importantly, your time. Read more

433 Reviews | 93 Followers
69
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like your theater avant garde and totally bizarre, and don't mind a raunchy version of Peter Pan. Clever and brilliant acting.

Don't see it if You need a strong through line in your story, or want something appropriate for children. THIS IS NOT FOR KIDS!

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
November 20th, 2017

"This attempt is both a puzzle and a bummer — too childish to tell the story properly and too adult to access its wonder...The doubling of roles confuses from the beginning...The story noodles and wanders and just plain perplexes. Sometimes it gets pretty lewd...Presumably the actors know what’s what, but busy as they are, no one seems to be having much fun. This is a surly version that seems to focus on the way that Peter’s immaturity disappoints everyone around him."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 20th, 2017

"Bedlam will be playing an anarchic game with this well-worn intellectual property, breaking it open to get at something deep within its heart. And so they do, to truly weird and wonderful effect...This 'Peter Pan' keeps us suspended, delightedly off-balance as we start to recognize truths that were hidden all along in the story we thought we knew. It’s a sexy, sad, silly love song to the very thing that Peter seeks to escape: the carnal, chaotic business of living."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 22nd, 2017

“Credit the theater company Bedlam with recognizing that the original work is far more ambiguous, disturbing and surreal than it might seem...It isn’t really a performance of the play; it is a remaking of it...Unfortunately, the result is more interesting to think about than to experience...This production takes some of the play’s more subtle aspects and makes them literal...We are also meant to be unsettled...In practice, though, much turns tedious."
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New York Daily News
November 20th, 2017

"When it’s not sexed-up the show tilts toward being sophomoric...A freewheeling approach to a popular story about flying kids, fairies, and canine nannies isn’t out of the question. But, like the Darling tots, clarity goes missing. That’s not helped when most of the actors in the ensemble play two or three roles. Same goes for disembodied stage directions and on-the-nose musical interludes...They figure, anything goes. They’re right — and that included both my patience and interest."
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Theatermania
November 19th, 2017

"All the trappings of kids playing in a basement, with actors swapping characters and operating under an inscrutable internal logic. The problem is that for nonparticipating sober adults, it is exactly as interesting to watch...The beats feel half-considered, with ideas picked up and just as soon discarded. The result is a general inertia, with the play never really building to anything...They're all excellent actors, just not very good writers...Too boring for children, too obvious for adults."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 4th, 2017

“Tucker's production is so baffling: It's a full-on assault that yields no point of view...The play has been chopped up...If any of this caused us to look at 'Peter Pan' in a new way, it might be worth the effort, but this production apparently has no interest in anything other than the next bit of comic business...Tucker and company don't have any affection for the original play, nor do they have a cogent critique...The spoofing has to be better than the sloppy, sophomoric gags on offer here.”
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TheaterScene.net
November 25th, 2017

“There is a dark psychological story hidden in Barrie's tale of a boy who refuses to grow up but this isn't it. Whereas the original play is joyful, Bedlam's ‘Peter Pan’ is a glum affair in which no one seems to be having a very good time. Where is the Bedlam which brought such purposeful insight and visual dazzle to its previous work? The actors, mostly playing children, try hard but fail to bring the work to life.”
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Theatre is Easy
November 21st, 2017

“Hilarious, baffling, and disturbing...Initially provocative but eventually becomes repetitive and cringeworthy...Admirers of Bedlam’s adventurous stagecraft and stellar ensemble acting, and for 'Peter Pan' superfans, this 21st-century remix of Barrie’s Edwardian-era drama is full of surprises. Stripped of flying effects and period trappings and somewhat overlong, it still evokes both the humor and the pathos inherent in the story."
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