Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Clever

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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Join the Darling children as they follow Peter Pan and Tinker Bell to Neverland, where children never grow old. Bedlam's cast of six will inhabit all of Barrie's 25 characters including Pirates, the Lost Boys, Indians, and the maniacal Captain Hook. Recommended for ages 14+, but may be suitable for mature audiences, 12+. Contains adult situations.


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40
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

40
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

35
Lighting & Sound America

“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.” Full Review

40
The Huffington Post

“The ideas are many, all under-developed and over-used. A voice-over narrator offers some commentary, but this conceit leads nowhere...The play is chopped up and rearranged willy nilly, with certain passages repeated over and over again in a desperate attempt to squeeze some new meaning out of them...They bat the ideas around almost in boredom, not even realizing that their prey is already dead...Here they flop, spectacularly...Bedlam will surely fly again.” Full Review

5
The Huffington Post

"The troupe members do cling to Barrie’s basic storyline like children instructed not to do otherwise, but they also take all sorts of liberties as they go about their travesty...So thoroughly witless that it’s a waste of both the readers’ and my time to set down the details...This reviewer won’t go so far as to say the Bedlam 'Peter Pan' is the worst production of 2017, but it’s certainly in the bottom three." Full Review

35
New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

54
Front Mezz Junkies

"It’s a mashup of psychoanalytic proportions with a childlike view of fantasy, storytelling, and imagination. Unfortunately Bedlam and Eric Tucker fail on a number of levels to make a cohesive story and an intellectual argument come together...The cast is fully game though...'Peter Pan' has some charm and frantic play in store that keeps a smile on the face for the most part, but in reality, this Peter is confusing and just doesn’t fly up high enough to emotionally or intellectually engage." Full Review

40
TheaterScene.net

“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.” Full Review

50
Woman Around Town

“Because the irreverent troop has put dialogue and scenes in a grab bag and drawn them higgledy-piggledy, events are played in unrecognizable sequence…Whether you enjoy this depends on your threshold for wacky. Some of it is amusing, some is wildly imaginative, much is clunky...Actors have focus and energy, but don’t seem to be enjoying themselves…There’s a reason this tale has stood the test of time, but creatives keep thinking they know better." Full Review

50
Front Row Center

“It is hard to reconcile the company’s former achievements with this work’s rather modest merits...You’ll have a hell of a hard time telling who is who...Again and again our minds are led out of the dramatic continuum...This constant readjustment of perspective interferes with, and practically annihilates, the emotional payoff...By insisting we approach the story with our minds rather than our hearts, Mr. Tucker has short-changed the play, and us, of the magic of the theater.” Full Review

65
The Wall Street Journal

“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." Full Review

65
Theatre is Easy

“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." Full Review

70
Theater Pizzazz

“The cerebral production is humorous and self-aware, occasionally crashing through the fourth wall in most unexpected ways...While the production is problematic in lacking a clear message and storyline, it is overlong in the telling, but worth seeing, nonetheless, for the performances alone...While 'Peter Pan' may not be on par with their prior works, it still offers staggeringly original and creative elements. This one might be better for true theater aficionados.” Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

45
Village Voice

“The play is not adapted here so much as redacted, with most of its childish charm stripped out, as well as all its flying sequences...Neither is this a family-friendly rendition of the play, but rather a stark, deconstructed interpretation that vaguely explores the creepier side of maternal affection...Mostly a joyless event, Bedlam’s production sporadically brightens whenever Susannah Millonzi pops up in a witty depiction of Tinker Bell.” Full Review

45
Off Off Online

"Bedlam’s ill-conceived adaptation makes a strong case for putting 'Peter Pan' to rest...Tucker and company throw everything at the wall to see what sticks...Junk piles up around the stage in a literal manifestation of the crust of mixed metaphors, character doubling, and recursive plot fragments piled willy-nilly on the play, effectively negating any hope of emotional engagement. The show wants desperately to say something, but it talks a lot and says very little." Full Review

80
The Clyde Fitch Report

“Portions of the dialogue are told and retold in this ensemble-created script, with sequences often repeated to great effect…The stalwart team of six performers handles many roles and covers rocky terrain — from broad comedy needed for cartoon adults to a delicate touch for childhood fears…Musing on Barrie’s original work in this specific, spare aesthetic, with layers of literary jokes and references to past adaptations, requires prior knowledge of the original." Full Review

75
Philadelphia Inquirer

"'Peter Pan’ is almost as ripe for Bedlam treatment...Heberlee finds just the right combintion of boyishness and sexiness for his Peter Pan. In his first encounter with Wendy, he seems not to know what a 'kiss' is...The seductive silence is sensational...Only this show shows us that the story we were hearing all this time had untold layers.” Full Review

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75
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, 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.

70
Ambitious, Intelligent, Confusing, Disappointing, 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.

Also I'm an admirer of Bedlam's work, but feel the company is less successf... Read more Read less

69
Confusing

See it if You are a fan of Bedlam (the theater company) and don't care what they do. I liked the dog.

Don't see it if You want scenery with your theater. You're allergic to whimsy and prefer your tinker bell to be a non-smoker.

Also It's Peter Pan deconstructed then it's reconstructed with actors playi... Read more Read less

40
Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like indulgent, incomprehensible stage business and banal, pedestrian story telling and acting. See it if you don't mind being bored.

Don't see it if You are easily bored, like Peter Pan or value your time. See if you like to see what a giant miss is by an adventurous company

52
Edgy, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Uncomfortable

See it if you like quirky interpretations of classics.

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable with unnecessary sexual innuendo.

21
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You don't mind being bored from beginning to end.

Don't see it if You are impatient with experimental theater that goes nowhere.

Also Bedlam is usually a guarantee of an entertaining evening. Not this tim... Read more Read less

55
Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you are a super fan of Bedlam productions.

Don't see it if you don't care for irreverent takes on classic tales.

Also A missed opportunity here. Good actors. Some funny moments. Too immatu... Read more Read less

55
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You never miss anything Bedlam stages.

Don't see it if You have great expectations for Bedlam's work.

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Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overlong, Bedlam loses its sterling reputation with this bomb

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.

Also After giving NYC such classics as Sense and Sensibility, St. Joan, and... Read more Read less

48
Funny, Annoying, Raunchy, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if I love Bedlam and all of these excellent actors, and there are some very funny and clever moments for sure

Don't see it if This is ultimately a choppy, disappointing production. The last 20 minutes just lose the plot, literally

59
Cerebral, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like experimental theater, even when it doesn't succeed.

Don't see it if you you are easily bored or expect to see Peter Pan.

77
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Confusing, Schticky

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.]

50
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You know someone in cast. If you are a Bedlam fan and can appreciate their work.

Don't see it if Just don't!

Also Sorry, but this was confusing at times, absurd all together and not co... Read more Read less

65
Inventive, Alternately delightful and irritating, Ick factor in the sexual politics that this adaptation foregrounds

See it if you like Bedlam's now-standard staging tropes: small, intrepid cast playing multiple characters of all genders and species, dance breaks

Don't see it if you're expecting a kid-friendly version; basic story is unclear and enchantment factor low; snarky humor and sexual undertones are prominent

Also Despite liberal voiceovers of Barrie's own stage directions, if you do... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, original, overwrought

See it if You enjoy quirky, irreverent takes on traditional stories

Don't see it if You want an easy to follow performance

Also This took quirky to new heights. There were a couple of aha! moments -... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of Bedlam's very non-traditional work. And can be open to new thoughts and ideas about Peter Pan.

Don't see it if You want straight ahead interpretations of Peter Pan.

40
Ambitious, Slow, Endless, Irritating

See it if you can enjoy gender commentary told through pointedly unsexy pantomime-like raunch mixed in w/ an unresolved Oedipal complex

Don't see it if you want your gender commentary to be persuasive

Also I don’t love the traditional Peter Pan story so thought I might enjoy ... Read more Read less

3
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to smash your memories of Mary Martin and Sandy Duncan and replace them with this UPSIDE DOWN Avante Garde production.

Don't see it if if you want to hold tight to your childhood memories of Mary Martin and Sandy Duncan portraying Peter Pan.

Also This play I was introduced to as a child has been COMPLETELY turned up... Read more Read less

55
Funny, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

Also I have seen several productions by Bedlam including St Joan, Hamlet an... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You are familiar with Barrie's Peter Pan and enjoy postmodern avant-garde revisionism

Don't see it if You don't know Peter Pan or are expecting a classic staging of the play

Also Imagine, if you will, the Wooster Group teamed up with Kate Hamill to ... Read more Read less

60
Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like experimental plays with minimal plots & actors playing more than one character. You like absurdist theatre and great Bedlam acting.

Don't see it if You need a plot. You don't like confusing, pointless shows.

60
Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You like new interpretations of classics

Don't see it if you're expecting a straightforward adaption. Also if you have trouble following actors playing multiple characters

80
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in fresh takes on classics, performed by an exceptionally talented cast, and you're forgiving of messing with the text.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the "grown-up" subtext of Peter Pan being made explicit, or if you don't like messing with classic plays.

88
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Must see

See it if This is 1 of those shows where either U get it or U don't. Luckily, I got it! This isn't your daddy's PETER PAN, this is an insane revision!

Don't see it if If U don't have an open mind & imagination much of this will fall flat. Flying w/o Foys & Frenchmusic interludes notwithstanding, NOT4kids

Also "Remember not to bite your nails" may seem like a forgettable line, bu... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you think you know Peter Pan so you can relate to Bedlam's funny fragmented dream interpretation of what you think are the facts.

Don't see it if you don't know the Peter Pan story; you've never watched fractured fairy tales; you are young; you've never heard of the "imagi-nation".


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