Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

Peter Pan

From 115 member  reviews
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. 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 (115)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Clever, Great acting

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

55
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You never miss anything Bedlam stages.

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

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

68
Quirky, Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Experimental

See it if You are open to new ideas about Peter Pan. This is an interesting experiment in exploring a text, but it is not fully realized.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the text/story of Peter Pan. Or if you are expecting a traditional presentation of the story. It may be confusing.

60
Great acting, Disappointing, Uneven

See it if The aesthetic is more important to you than the content. Some strong, gorgeous design choices here and strong performances.

Don't see it if You like the classic Barrie script, or it'll annoy you when a show makes a lot of intense choices but doesn't justify any of them.

Also There's a lot going on here, and it feels like the show really wants t... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing, Quirky

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

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky, Great acting

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.

62
Confusing, Indulgent, Resonant, Absurd, Hilarious

See it if You're looking for something really strange/different. This play explores the themes of Peter Pan in some interesting ways. Don't go sober.

Don't see it if You want to see the classic story. Don't bring kids. In general I think much of the audience the night I went was confused.

52
Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky, Uncomfortable, Disappointing

See it if you like quirky interpretations of classics.

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

69
Confusing

See it if You like experimental theatre versions of classic scripts

Don't see it if You need clarity. Or have strong attachments to the children's version of Peter Pan.

Also First, let me say, I LOVE Bedlam. I've been keeping up with them since... Read more Read less

67
Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Confusing, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of Bedlam's wonderful work; you want to look at this classic tale anew; you want to both journey into and examine 'childhood.'

Don't see it if you need a clear arc, you're looking for anything spoonfed (or even comprehensible), you're offended by sometimes raunchy/sexual content.

65
Enchanting, Disappointing, Excruciating, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you know the ins and outs of Peter Pan and want to see it explored thematically.

Don't see it if you don't want to see Peter pan explored through obscure and esoteric threads.

50
Disappointing, Bad acting, Slow, Overrated, Dull

See it if faster pace

Don't see it if You want charm or humor

54
Disappointing, Clever, Slow

See it if you are interested in this company, as I am.

Don't see it if You expect the shimmering wonderfulness of their past productions. This is a rare misfire.

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Fluffy

See it if You dig on absurdist or experimental theatre.

Don't see it if You need linear, precise, story structure.

65
Ambitious, Raunchy, Quirky, Disappointing

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

Also Maybe it's because I had very low expectations after seeing the low sc... Read more Read less

59
Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see the story through a very much refracted lense done by great actors

Don't see it if You want the magic of the story to still come through


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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