Wendy Darling & Peter Pan
By Andrew Andrews
This summer, Piper Theater Company drums up those fantasies of our youth with Wendy Darling & Peter Pan, adapted from the writings of J. M. Barrie by artistic director John P. McEneny and performed live under the stars (at least as many as the light-polluted sky over Brooklyn will allow) outside the Old Stone House of Washington Park in Park Slope, just a few blocks from
Upon a raised stage with a dynamic set (Dallas Estes) of constantly-reconfigured white
Rounding out the cast, Lily Ali-Oshatz, Mickey Zale Heller and Aaron Novak double up as lost boys, pirates and Captain Hook, who, “like all of the greatest pirates, has a touch of the feminine in him.”
More than the revival of long-forgotten memories, what surprised us was the end of the
Firstly, because the Old Stone House itself actually becomes a character in the play, thanks to a clever bit of gigantic puppetry from designer Cody Grey.
Secondly, because after the Darling children return from Neverland, the book doesn’t exactly close. Instead, we get a taste of When Wendy Grew Up–An Afterthought, Barrie’s follow-up to The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (AKA the original Peter Pan tale).
Now that you’re older, you’ll pick up on some nuances that likely never registered when the story regaled you in your youth, as does the famous picture that children see as dolphins but grown-ups see as an intertwined couple. Not the least of these nuances is Tink’s rampant jealousy over Wendy Myra Angela Darling!
But, being the same story, it’s still not only safe for the entire family to attend, but actually designed as such, with moments of audience participation for the kiddies and a welcoming location to spread out a blanket, bring some snacks (or purchase them at the concession stand!) and make some family memories that you and your little ones can carry with you for the rest of your lives.
So check it out, then come back and let us know how this rendition of Wendy’s story made you feel!
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Andrew Andrews attended Wendy Darling & Peter Pan at Old Stone House in Brooklyn on Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:00pm to write this review.