June 20, 2012

Peter and the Starcatcher

In this day and age where we have multi-million dollar musicals with special effects and elaborate set designs, it's refreshing to see a stripped down version of theatre where imagination is celebrated.  This is the experience when you see Peter and the Starcatcher.  Well, granting it's actually a play with music not a musical but nonetheless......

Peter and the Starcatcher is based on a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  It is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan which was adapted on stage by Rick Elice.  A delightful play filled with lots of silliness and throw backs to present day pop culture, you'll find yourself giggling through out the show.  There is such playfulness with the staging of the play by Alex Timbers and Roger Rees that makes use of simple props such as a rope to pull your imagination and participate in the journey.  It was such a joy to get to experience that inventiveness of stipped down, pure theatre magic!

Adam Chanler-Berat plays Peter, the boy who never grew up, while Celia Keenan-Bolger is Molly the starcatcher.  The team of Christian Borle and Kevin Del Aguila as Blach Stache and Smee respectively.  They are a hoot!  Christian Borle chews up the scenery practically making his co-actors restrain themselves from giggling on stage.  You could see their shoulders shaking during his last monologue.  It's no wonder he just won the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play. 

It's difficult to specifically say what makes this a good play and the byline on the theatre doors actually says it all, "You must experience it for yourself"!

Other photos that I took that afternoon:

*  Oh, celebrity sighting at the show:  2 rows in front of us was Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire or more famously the "Tim Gunn" of Project Runway All Stars


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