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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
Avg Score

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.


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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