We loved 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.
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