New York | 1h 50m | Already closed

Wendell & Pan

From 3 critic and 25 member reviews
Members say: Confusing, Slow, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

About the show

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.

1h 50m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)


65
Times Square Chronicles

“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

60
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"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

45
TheaterScene.net

“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


89
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

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 !

82
Clever, Enchanting, Edgy

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.

Also As far as the story goes, there are some interesting points to be made... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Engrossing, Intriguing, Thoughtful

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

76
Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if Its a play that utilizes all of the venues space. Great acting. Great use of pantomime as well.

Don't see it if A little difficult to follow. Wasnt sure about the ending. Very small venue.

76
Clever, Slow, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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

Also Nya Noemi was fantastic as the teen daughter. I couldn't see some of t... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

76
Quirky, Enchanting

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.

Also There is a lot to love here, and with some editing and re-writes this ... Read more Read less

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Creative, fresh

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

74
Great writing, Indulgent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow

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.

Also The majority of the actors are fantastic, most notably Nya Noemi, who ... Read more Read less

73
Clever, Entertaining, Enjoyable, Actors worth seeing

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.

Also I enjoyed this production and found the story developed in an interest... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Too long, Slow, Quirky

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.

Also Peter Pan like but this is NOT Peter Pan. As watching I did not know w... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Slow, Clever, Confusing, Thought-provoking

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.

68
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You would like to see one excellent actor (Pan), and a play about loss, secrets, and struggles.

Don't see it if You want to see a well written drama.

68
Interesting, Affecting, Confusing, Jumbled, Long

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.

Also Lots of the pieces of "Wendell & Pan" are interesting. But the family ... Read more Read less

67
Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if This is a realistic family play crossed with fantasy

Don't see it if you like reality real - the four family members look nothing alike and all the confrontations seem artificial

67
Great staging, Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if you enjoy trying to figure out family lore, you love magic realism

Don't see it if you want a cogent plot and well developed characters

Also There's a play in there trying to get out. The acting was pretty good ... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if If you want to see some good acting with very creative staging.

Don't see it if If you want a good story. Family issues that are not resonant.

60
Ambitious, Slow, Uneen acting, Odd derivative of peter pan

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.

Also My friend just totally missed the whole play. He laughed and found it ... Read more Read less

47
Confusing, Insipid, Quirky, Slow, Banal

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

45
Excruciating, Slow, Poorly written, Poorly acted, Interesting idea

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.

Also The best thing about this evening was the set design on a dime which I... Read more Read less

40
Great set design, Magical realism, Ghost story, Family drama, Confusing

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.

Also "It is my belief that Peter Pan is a great and refining and uplifting ... Read more Read less

35
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

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!

Also Pros: some talented young actresses. Good sound design. ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing

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.

Also Sincerely a gem in the world of storytelling. This show is something I... Read more Read less

95
Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing

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.

49
During previews
Slow, Insipid

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.

Also I don’t think they have stopped working on this play and I don’t think... Read more Read less


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