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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

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.

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

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

50
Disappointing, Bad acting, Slow, Overrated, Dull

See it if faster pace

Don't see it if You want charm or humor

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

67
Clever, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of experimental takes on classic works

Don't see it if You want a very clear telling of the Peter Pan story

Also I was very much on board with their take for the first 45min to an hou... Read more Read less

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

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

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

83
Masterful, Hilarious, Epic, Wild

See it if You love new theatre that pushes boundaries and takes you to the unexpected. You should also know a decent amount about Peter Pan.

Don't see it if You are looking for traditional theatre in any sense.

Also This was a hilarious and wild piece. As someone who loves the story of... Read more Read less

89
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy smart, funny, inventive adaptations of classic literature, Bedlam's productions and the direction of Eric Tucker.

Don't see it if you prefer your classic literature presented traditionally and your children's stories G rated.


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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