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From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting

About the show

Set inside the mind of Peter Pan creator, J. M. Barrie, this immersive multi-room experience invites audiences to embrace the childhood wonder they may have lost. More…

In this soaring adventure through James' vast imagination, you will venture to Neverland and beyond to meet the characters you have always loved, and the haunting realities that inspired them, while exploring the life and trials of the man who gave the world “the boy who wouldn’t grow up.” 


Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting
76
Avg Score

75
Immersive, Creative, Confusing, Fun, Solid performances

See it if you like immersive plays & a creative way to tell a full story. (sometimes immersive can mean vague plot, not here)

Don't see it if you don't like moving around and standing. You prefer a linear plot.

Also This was very entertaining,​ whimsical, fun and informative on details... Read more Read less

72
Clever, Entertaining, Uneven, Interactive

See it if You enjoy immersive or interactive theater.

Don't see it if You don't have an interest in Peter Pan or the creation of it or don't like immersive shows.

72
Clever, Entertaining, Raw, Rough, Funny

See it if A solid effort for a low-budget immersive. Solid acting and the intriguing life of Barrie make up for rough parts in staging and movement.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive shows in which you stand and walk around.

75
Charming, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like immersive theater and the Peter Pan backstory.

Don't see it if you can't move around and crouch on the floor and you'll be bothered by some pretty thin plot elements.

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an immersive-lite show on a budget. It's entertaining and fun despite some flaws and limitations.

Don't see it if you want a traditional sit-down show, or are expecting an immersive show on the scale of Sleep No More or Then She Fell.

77
Immersive, Delightful, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if You enjoy immersive theatre and don't mind missing part of the story, as participants are separated and only experience 1/3 of the story.

Don't see it if You don't like to participate or sit on the ground.

Also I ended up in the Wendy story line, and was honestly a little frustrat... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Fluffy

See it if Reality overshadows fantastical Peter Pan with the author's real life crumbling after the books. Some tender moments with the characters.

Don't see it if Story ends abruptly just when they start to go deeper. Budget immersive theater requires more use of imagination.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

91
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like fun interactive involvement. It was a great time had by all.

Don't see it if You are looking for a linear experience.

65
Earnest, Meditative, Cliched, Incomplete, Nice

See it if you want to see every immersive show that comes out or are a Peter Pan fanatic. Some nice moments.

Don't see it if Not for you if you hate interactive shows with a small audience and participation. Great actors. Feels like a workshop. Needs more edge.

75
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Clever

See it if you want an immersive-light take on Peter Pan, and it's creator - very sweet, with some very moving moments

Don't see it if overly american british accents would drive you bonkers, plus it's a new company so it's not perfect just yet - not a traditional production

74
Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Peter Pan and immersive theatre.

Don't see it if You are adverse to walking through an entire play or don’t like interactive theatre.

Also This show is well-crafted but is not produced in the right space. Scen... Read more Read less

15
Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal, Twee

See it if Sitting on the floor guessing riddles posed by people with overdone British accents sounds like fun.

Don't see it if Poorly conceived. There was a bit of narrative in the final 1/2 hour, but it was too little too late. 90 minutes I'll never get back.

65
Underwhelming, Ambitious, Banal

See it if you're easily impressed by anything unconventional and not hoping for a "Sleep No More" type of immersive experience.

Don't see it if you're looking for the next big immersive hit. This isn't it.

Also This little show tries hard, but ultimately amounts to not-much. An im... Read more Read less

77
Refreshing, Unconventional, Immersive, Entertaining, A smaller scale “sleep no more”

See it if you like theatre that’s constantly on the move, splitting up the audience and sending them to various rooms, and you’re fond of Peter Pan.

Don't see it if if you don’t want to be always moving about during a show, sometimes sitting, but often standing, and in some cases sitting on the floor.

Also Because this is immersive, interactive theatre, the actors must truly ... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Delightful, Immersive, Indulgent

See it if you like small, immersive shows or have a particular interest in literature/Peter Pan.

Don't see it if you want to sit and watch a traditional show.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Amateur

See it if you enjoy immersive storytelling that examines the external/personal influences behind an author's literary creation.

Don't see it if you expect high production values. While this is a noble effort, it is nowhere near the professionalism of Punchdrunk or Third Rail

80
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Intimate, Fun

See it if You like interacting with the actors and intimate productions, you are imaginative, you are a fan of Peter Pan

Don't see it if You would rather be a spectator than a participant, you are looking for high production values, you don’t like moving around.

Also Talented, passionate actors elevate this production. There is a good a... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Good first effort. shows promise

See it if you are a real fan of immersive theater. Want to see a new companys attempt at immersive theater. Strong acting from all involved.

Don't see it if You are looking for a full story. You are looking for lots of individual attention. If you want a well polished piece.

Also Good first effort. Very difficult story to tell.

85
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Slow

See it if you like thoughtful theatre that keeps you wondering where it will go next or if you like the darker side of childhood favorites.

Don't see it if you like shows that get into the action right away- the beginning moves a bit slowly.

88
Ambitious, Interactive, Enchanting, Clever, Engaging

See it if you like "meta" stories about stories and enjoy a healthy dose of interactivity

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatergoing experience. This is a lot more immersive than sitting in a theater.

72
Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you like immersive theater and you like Peter Pan. The actors were really great and good at improv with the audience. Set design was nice.

Don't see it if you like only traditional theater or if you don't like being spoken to during a show; if you need to understand fully what is going on

Also This was a good attempt at immersive theater but it felt very disjoint... Read more Read less

91
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like immersive theater and can participate in a inventive, intelligent exploration of a classic and the man who created it. Well acted

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theater or some dark themes among the ultimately radiant show

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Profound

See it if you want to see extraordinary immersive, multi-location theater, from playful sparkling Neverland to dramatic encounters in JM Barrie's life

Don't see it if you can't go up 3 flights of stairs to Access Theatre or you want to sit safely with imaginary 4th wall separating u from cast/sets, plot

Also Highly professional, disciplined acting and writing/structuring in the... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if It was like stepping into Neverland! I was scared and thrilled and it is not like any theater I have seen in the city, completely immersive.

Don't see it if You do not like immersive theater.

95
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You like Peter Pan stories and you enjoy being open to becoming a part of their world.

Don't see it if You are closed off, don’t like walking around or audience participation.


December 5th, 2018
“Though Peter plays an important role...‘Shadowplay’ is about his creator...It digs into the real-life tragedies that shaped the Neverland story...Despite the underdeveloped beginning, ‘Shadowplay’ quickly reoriented itself into a richer and more fulfilling experience. The story...was well-develo...
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