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shadowplay

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

91
Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy non-traditional and/or immersive theater, you want to learn more about the very fascinating life of J.M. Barrie in a clever way!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy immersive or interactive theater. The actors do engage verbally directly with you, but not physically.

Also This was a fun off-Broadway immersive experience! I'm very impressed w... Read more Read less

97
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy genuine talent & creativity. The audience is immersed into never-land in such an imaginative way! The talent was phenomenal.

Don't see it if You dislike immersive theater.

97
Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Are up for an adventure while being immersed in JM Barrie's world.

Don't see it if Are not into immersive theater.

Also This is not your kid's Peter Pan.... Read more Read less

96
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You enjoy shows that challenge the envelope of regular theatre. This is a truly immersive show where you come away learning something new.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theatre. You ARE a part of the play and if you do not participate, you will not enjoy it as much as you could.

97
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy ambitious, inventive theater by up-and-coming artists.

Don't see it if You have trouble standing for long periods of time.


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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