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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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".

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.

95
Enchanting, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like shows that find new nuances in old texts. Loved how Bedlam brought out aspects of the characters and the story I hadn't considered

Don't see it if you want to bring your kids! This is not a child-appropriate show.

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

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

90
Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a completely new take on a classic. You are open to raucous humor.

Don't see it if You like linear story lines and straightforward meanings.

76
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky

See it if Want to see an interesting interpretation of Peter Pan. Great use of small cast

Don't see it if You don’t like non traditional tellings of Peter Pan.

95
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Like to see an intelligent twist on a classic

Don't see it if you are looking for a family show for young kids

83
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if if you love the story of Peter and the gang. Great music!

Don't see it if I can't think of why someone wouldn't want to see this show

72
Confusing, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Clever

See it if You like an inventive well acted take on an old story

Don't see it if You are wanting the sense of wonder and innocence which Peter Pan traditionally brings..

Also The production would have done so much better if it didn’t feel it had... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Funny

See it if You enjoy being surprised and enjoy seeing a classic story with new interpretation.

Don't see it if If you do not like innovative interpretation of old stories.

Also This show was very entertaining, found myself wondering how the actors... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You love Leonard Bernstein music and/or great dancing and choreography

Don't see it if You are put off by modernized revisions to old classics

89
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You love the story of Peter Pan but can think behind the story line. Very insightful.

Don't see it if If you don't like a small cast playing a few parts. Makes it a little confusing.

79
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love all things Peter Pan, enjoy Bedlam's style, appreciate out of the box acting and novel adaptations

Don't see it if You like your classics to stay classic, you don't like fast-paced, off beat staging.

73
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy non-traditional adaptations that highlight some perhaps more underlying themes; you're okay with knocking down pedestals/

Don't see it if you are expecting a cut and dry, traditional Peter Pan with spandex and flying. (okay, there's a little spandex)

Also I quite enjoyed Bedlam's adaptation. I certainly found that it has roo... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Quirky, Disappointing, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like simple, stripped down theatre.

Don't see it if you like complex theatre and themes

72
Confusing, Dizzying, Acid. lots and lots of acid., What the...?, Great acting

See it if You want a bizarre and interesting experience, or need a bit of an aperitif before personally indulging in psychedelics.

Don't see it if You prefer shows that make sense and aren’t best described as “it was an experience” It is not something the average person will enjoy.

Also The acting was excellent and I hope to see them all in another show so... Read more Read less

82
Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Adult, Funny

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

Also I have been thinking about this show for over a day, trying to figure ... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy theatrical deconstruction of a classic story

Don't see it if you want a traditional Peter Pan


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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