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

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

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

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, 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

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.

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

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.

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

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

45
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you'll see anything Peter Pan related.

Don't see it if you're expecting a thought provoking staging with clear cut characters.

40
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Confusing, 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

23
Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if DON'T.

Don't see it if you want an enjoyable and intelligent afternoon/evening of theater. I was astonished that this mess was allowed to be staged for pay.

Also This performance is a travesty of Barrie's probing exploration of what... Read more Read less

48
Confusing, Quirky, Perplexing, Dizzying, Raunchy

See it if You are looking to see the Peter Pan story completely flipped on its head with swapped characters and genders.

Don't see it if You are looking for a family show. This is not a Peter Pan for young children.

5
Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you know the actors and want to support their work

Don't see it if if you like good, even mediocre theater....this was dreadful.

Also 4 or us went w/great expectations having seen Bedlam's Sense and Sensi... Read more Read less

40
Excruciating, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to support bedlam because they usually put on great shows.

Don't see it if you want to save yourself an excruciating production that makes no sense. Experimental choices for the sake of being experimental.

3
Ambitious, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if (can't think of a reason one would want to watch this)

Don't see it if you value your time and hate sitting through horrible self-indulgent performances

6
Excruciating, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You want to be tortured for 90 minutes without an intermission where you can leave.

Don't see it if Just don't see it.

Also Bedlam, which has delighted me with their take on Vanity Fair and Sens... Read more Read less

46
Fine performances but a disappointing concept, Confusing and unengaging

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

19
Horrible, screeching voices, no redeeming value whatsoever

See it if You like very very skewed acting, singing and writing. I would have left if I could, but I was sitting in the front row.

Don't see it if Don't see it. Period. Don't waste your money, your time, or your ears, which will surely suffer for sitting through this show.

38
Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if // I've loved their productions in the past but this was a major miss for me, sorry. Actors did their best with poor, disjointed material.

Don't see it if // They took a sweet story & found the sexy adult side... w/o being sexy or clever or thought through. Felt like a school project gone bad.

48
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if N/A

Don't see it if you want to see a well-written play. The actors are very good but the play is badly written and confusing. See "Pride and Prejudice" instead

18
Disappointing, Confusing, Waste of time, Raunchy, Excruciating

See it if you want to be bored to death!

Don't see it if you have any sense

30
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Unnecessary, Self-indulgent

See it if Do not see it.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fun, clever adaptation of Peter Pan.

Also This show was a huge disappointment. I have enjoyed this company in th... Read more Read less

26
Indulgent, Sexist, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in failed experiments. There are things this is trying to say about mothers and daughters that could be quite moving.

Don't see it if It will drive you crazy that 2 women have parallel moments of changing costumes onstage but only the starlet is in forced into her underwear

25
Disappointing, Confusing, Edgy, Cliched

See it if You have a friend in the cast.

Don't see it if Your hoping for a coherent piece of theatre.

Also Sadly it’s not entertaining. Some of the acting is good, but even that... 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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