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"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
"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
"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
"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
See it if you're game to see some talented performers utterly flummoxed when confronting a classic text.
Don't see it if you are more interested in the play than the performers.
See it if You are willing to work with the cast to explore new connections in an old text, you found the Darlings annoying,
Don't see it if You really like the Disney productions, you like linear narratives, you are uncomfortable with adult content, or you are a child
See it if you're interested in seeing an 'adult' take on Peter Pan; you're okay seeing an experimental production that isn't entirely successful
Don't see it if you're never seen Peter Pan before/don't know the story; you're expecting a traditional production with things like flying and a hook
See it if you like deconstructed classics, the more confusing the better
Don't see it if if you're a Bedlam fan and are hoping this will live up to their earlier success
Also a failed effort
See it if You want to experience a great theatrical work that can help one to understand the pathways and environments of thoughts.
Don't see it if you unchangingly want to specifically see the musical of Peter Pan.
See it if You love Bedlam and want to support them, hell or high water.
Don't see it if You love Bedlam and would like to keep doing so. An indulgent, embarrassing mess, overly conceptual & dead on arrival.
See it if you are a hardcore theatre fan who wants to see everything or are a dedicated Bedlam fan.
Don't see it if expect to see a coherent story with well defined characters and plot.
See it if not sure there's any reason to bother, even if you've liked Bedlam before. The actors work hard and are skilled - but to no end.
Don't see it if it's raunchy w/o being sexy. The concept is non-existent, except for the need to be different. There are laughs, but they're forced.
See it if you are a fan of the original novel and want to see an intelligent and thoughtful deconstruction of some of its more adult themes.
Don't see it if you don't know the original, are looking for a fully successful theatrical work, want clear storytelling, dislike overtly sexual material.
See it if you must see everything Bedlam does, an understandable point of view, but misleading in this case.
Don't see it if you are hoping for kinetic, engaging, emotional theater, which this company is usually capable of.
See it if I have been sitting in front of my screen to review this play trying to come up with even 1 reason to see it. I failed, there is none.
Don't see it if You love the JM Barrie story upon which this is based. This version absolutely butchers the beloved original.
See it if you want to be confused and confounded by Bedlam's interpretation. I could not make anything of the form or content; you enjoy experimental
Don't see it if you want to see anything resembling Peter Pan. A very strange mixture of bawdy and silly, confusing mash up of the characters. Not for kids
See it if You’re looking for an experimental theatre piece & comfortable seeing a deconstructed take that doesn’t fully follow the original narrative
Don't see it if You’re a fan of the original play. You’re looking for an easy to follow adaptation of Peter Pan. This is not a family experience.
See it if You enjoy Bedlam productions, appreciate a free-wheeling production, have a silly sense of humor, and love Peter Pan.
Don't see it if Expect a faithful adaptation of the original or need a conventional story line. Would be confusing if you didn’t know the Peter Pan story.