I went to see Peter & The Starcatcher without much knowledge about the show other than everyone I know saying “It’s like a prequel to Peter Pan.” I got two free tickets for free and brought my Broadway buddy Marti G Cummings with me to check it out. We were both pleasantly surprised by what a fantastic show we were watching.
With a brilliantly clever script, talented actors, and some rope I was taken to Neverland. It takes a few minutes to catch on in the beginning that each character plays the roles of other “filler” characters when they are not being featured. But this minor point of confusion actually turned into one of the highlights of the show for me. It was fun to see the characters run around as pirates, mermaids, and island natives, playing a bit of pretend. After all it IS Neverland. It was like watching a group of kids (with savant-like talent) scampering around the stage and telling you a story.
The set design also made you feel like you were watching your 5th grade neighbor’s backyard play, but in the best and most imaginative way possible. With not much more than a piece of rope in Act 1, we were taken on a journey through stairs, down creepy hallways, and into dungeons across pirate ships. Proof that a good script, perfect staging and creativity can outshine a billion dollar budget any day.
Truth be told, I nearly shed a tear at the end (which is big for me) because the tale says a lot about youth and memory and all those things that make me sad because I have a terrible memory. This quote alone, “It’s supposed to hurt so you know that it meant something” dampened my eyes quite a bit. Overall though, I was in stitches at the humor in and sheer clever dialogue throughout the show.
If you’re a fan of Disney or Peter Pan in the SLIGHTEST this is a must see. I’m already plotting about who I should bring next time.