A magical dramedy about loneliness, the strange nature of grief, and that moment in your childhood that reverberates with every step you take into the adult world. More…
Life’s hard when you’re 11, your only friend is the ghost of your 12-year-old dead aunt, your sister wishes she could be on the other side of her cellphone, your parents make every room frigid, and your sick grandpa wants you to kill him.
“An inquisitive tale that explores what happens to a family dynamic in the midst of grief...Kenny has the delightful ability to write humor into grief-stricken circumstance...While the portrayal of passive chaos is realistic, it generates a wealth of information to digest and too many opportunities...to miss a few important elements...The actors capture a family dynamic that while slightly cliché, is genuine... My favorite thing is that it tells a story we do not often hear.” Full Review
"There is an interesting story line in 'Wendell & Pan' but at this stage of its development, the tone is wildly inconsistent. The abrupt shifts from dramatic tension to throwaway comedic one-liners is jarring and undercuts the lurking moodiness which tries to emerge. As directed, the play is also paced too slowly and feels overlong...On the very positive side, the set design by Caitlyn Barrett was quite impressive and cleverly laid out." Full Review
“A spirited cast and a talented director do their best to bring playwright Kenney’s heartfelt but leaden ‘Wendell & Pan’ to the stage. It’s an unsatisfying family secrets drama...The mystical revelatory sequence near the end and the protracted coda magnify the previously flawed writing...Realism and fantasy shakily connect, the dialogue is stiff, and the conclusion is underwhelming...Despite its high caliber presentational elements, 'Wendell & Pan' remains an unfulfilling and dull experience.” Full Review
See it if you like a creative inspired version of (Peter) Pan in intimate setting w/ great use of small theater space. Blend of drama,comedy, fantasy.
Don't see it if you don't like themes of death, ghost, family drama with a touch of Pan fantasy. But it's worth checking even just for Pan's acting chops !
See it if You like magical realism with a well-designed set and interesting props that go a bit beyond the normal off-off-Broadway experience.
Don't see it if You don’t like small, intimate theater spaces and/or a non-linear story.
See it if you like to deduce past events that inform current action and relationships as they unfold; enjoy intimate theater; focus on family drama
Don't see it if require things be laid out cleanly; roll your eyes at ghosts; are annoyed by actions happening on different parts of stage simultaneously
See it if You are ok with waiting for information.
Don't see it if You are triggered by the idea of a dying family member asking to be killed. I have personal experience with this and was choking on my tears
See it if You like good writing, want to see an acting tour de force (Pan). There are some very intense moments.
Don't see it if The play is perhaps 10% too long, some of the acting is a little limp, and the endings of the various conflicts are somewhat forced.
See it if you'd like a play dealing with loss, secrets, and struggle passed down through generations-- told with both realism and fairy tale.
Don't see it if you prefer literal and linear story telling. Much is implied and nuanced. If you require tight direction, editing and pacing.
See it if You want to support new works, you enjoy different takes on traditional stories, you don't mind some ambiguity
Don't see it if You don't do small spaces, you want a fully baked story-line
See it if You love retellings of Peter Pan, and enjoy a deeper look at how family drama and secrets can span and affect generations.
Don't see it if You don't like watching adults play child characters, are impatient with temperamental story pacing, or new, as-of-yet underdeveloped works.
See it if you like dramas with family tension and you enjoy the process of learning why family members behave the way they do.
Don't see it if you find the stereotypical teenager role annoying even when played by a really good actor.
See it if Family dealing with struggles. Wendell seeing/playing with a look alike Pan.
Don't see it if very tight seating, you are packed in. Long story with leaving a lot of questions.
See it if the topics it explores interests you as they are juxtaposed to the Peter Pan story. There is some good acting and use of small stage is good
Don't see it if you need clear action and a refined production. This moves slow at times and you have to think on your own to follow it. Tight seating.
See it if you want to hear an interesting theatrical voice, speaking in an interesting play that never quite comes together.
Don't see it if you are looking for a polished piece of work.
See it if you dont mind a slightly amateur production, in a very intimate setting, which reaches to frame a referential reset of Peter Pan.
Don't see it if You want to see a glossy, professional show. You dont want to be sitting on top of your neighbor. You want to be entertained.
See it if You like amateurish plays in claustrophobic spaces where body odor from a member of the cast wafts through the air every time he is on stage
Don't see it if If you’re looking for a finished play that has its act together
See it if You have the imagination to see what could have been with this interesting idea of a story, though poorly executed. Interesting set design.
Don't see it if Unless you’ve got some serious Peter Pan and death issues you’re trying to work out. You might find a kernel of insight in here somewhere.
See it if You want to support The Tank, one of my favorite NYC theaters. You enjoy magical realism and pieces that feel a bit like fan-fiction.
Don't see it if You dislike plays that may have one too many unbelievable events to be truly relatable. Dislike prose-like dialogue.
See it if you support workshop-style productions & encourage emerging artists. I'm neither friend or family & was disappointed by this
Don't see it if black-box theatre, work-in-progress plays waste your time. Super slow, no clear point or plot. Not ready for an audience!
See it if You want a great show! Elements of greek storytelling mixed with Aaron Sorkin-like dialogue. It's 100% something you haven't seen before.
Don't see it if You're not ready to suspend your disbelif. It's a magical world in which they live - so get ready to be told a new story.
See it if A breath of fresh air in modern and classic theatre. Clever and touching writing. Enthusiastic performance. Interesting use of the stage.
Don't see it if There’s an F word used in a few scenes, so if you don’t feel comfortable when hearing it, then this show might not be for you.
See it if You like early stage productions that attempt to mix ghost stories with magic to tell a story family trials. Enjoy a dramedies
Don't see it if You mind slowness due to having to many subplots and not fully developing the main plot. A Mediocre cast trying to get out wordy dialogue.
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