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Peter Pan

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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. More…

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.

1h 45m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (112)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Clever
59
Avg Score

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.

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.]

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.

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

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.

Also Different doesn't mean better. This is Peter Pan minus the magic. What... Read more Read less

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.

0
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.

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

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.

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

65
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky

See it if you can give a flawed adaptation with some redeeming qualities a chance. There are great moments of heartbreak & hilarity, design choices.

Don't see it if you're expecting traditional Peter Pan or a straightforward plot. Confusing at times and not everything works; scenes are hit or miss.

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!

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

59
Ambitious, Cerebral, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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.

85
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, 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.

3
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

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

50
Quirky, Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing

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

49
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent

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.

79
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky, A wacky avant-garde headscratcher in the style of richard forman's ontological hysteric theater.

See it if If you can enjoy being confused/amused and intellectually lambasted on the very timely subject of gender issues, you'll be rewarded here.

Don't see it if If it totally drives you crazy to not quite know what's going on in a play, you better leave this one alone. If you're adventurous, try it.

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

48
Disappointing, Annoying, Funny, Confusing, Raunchy

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

65
Alternately delightful and irritating, Inventive, 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

24
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if This is avant-garde TV sitcom version of Peter Pan that won't stop. The good actors are trying to solider through these 100 AWFUL minutes.

Don't see it if All that was missing were the actors wearing berets and smoking. Never mind, Tinkerbell was smoking while dealing with her jealousy.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

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

81
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Funny

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".

76
Confusing, Funny, Quirky

See it if You are a Bedlam fan. It has its moments.

Don't see it if You have children in tow. It’s not a children’s story.

88
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, 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

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Unfocused, Sad

See it if You don't mind if ideas are picked up and abandoned seemingly at random

Don't see it if You like Peter Pan

Also I think this concept is close, but no cigar. I recognize that telling ... Read more Read less


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 ...
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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 w...
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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 ...
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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 tw...
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