Alice in Wonderland at the Lookingglass Theater, so we were
more than excited to head over to see Peter Pan on
Halloween Weekend. I knew that the story had been newly adapted for
the stage by Amanda Dehnert and would focus more on the darker side
of J.M. Barrie's original novel, and I had high hopes. We were
certainly not expecting the Disney interpretation of Peter.
Again the lookingglass impressed us with its troupe of bright,
talented young actors. But the story they were set to
follow didn't flow in any discerable direction. Everyone in
our family - my husband and I, plus our son, age 9) quietly
wondered where the story was going exactly. By intermission, it was
apparent that it was going nowhere. My husband and I would have
been content to make a quick exit but my son asked to stay, if only
because of the amazing aerial work. The entire performance
lacked depth and the gimmicky circus elements weren't enough to
keep my husband and I engaged. Meanwhile the show is advertised as
PG-13 (Captain Hook and his entourage could potentially scare
younger theater goers) - so its not meant for children, either.
We'll look forward to future lookingglass productions, but this
performance left us all very underwhelmed.
For tickets and more info: http://lookingglasstheatre.org/content/box_office/peter_pan
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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