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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher

September 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM

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If there's a Wicked bandwagon, Peter and the Starcatcher is on it. Like its enormously successful predecessor, Rick Elice's 2009 play with music casts itself as a prequel to an iconic story, imagining the events that made Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Wendy, and all the other elements of Neverland possible. The twists that get us there can be pretty clever—especially a memorable passage involving a chorus of merpeople. Still, Peter, unlike Wicked, never throws any real weight behind its twists. Yes, an orphan gets a name, and the word "home" is thrown around a lot. But none of that matters nearly as much as Elice's blizzard of malapropisms, puns, and fart jokes. If you like that sort of thing, knock yourself out: director William Osetek makes sure it's all engagingly executed. But 150 minutes of it?

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