Already closed | 1h 50m | Midtown W

Wendell & Pan

From 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)

Member Reviews (25)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Slow, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

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 !

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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


January 15th, 2019
“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 ...
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January 13th, 2019
"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...
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January 16th, 2019
“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 opportuniti...
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