Last night, the hubs and I were lucky enough to have orchestra seats for Peter and the Starcatcher at PPAC. The show was great….fast paced, smart, and just a little bit for the hipster crowd. I adore Peter Pan and this play gives the boy who doesn’t want to grow up a beautiful, and heartbreaking, backstory.
The play, which runs at two hours and 15 minutes, is about the travels on one spunky Molly Astor and her father. Molly’s father is on a very serious mission for the Queen (God save her) that involved some very magical stuff called “star stuff.” On the journey aboard a ship, Molly encounters three orphan boys, including one without a name who makes her feel something inside as if she just grew up a little more. Molly and The Boy join forces to protect the star stuff from the nefarious Captain Black Stache, a pirate known for his facial hair. I won’t give away any more of the story, but seeing the transformation of The Boy is a really wonderful story.
Amongst the positives of Peter and the Starcatcher was definitely the strong ensemble cast. A small cast plays every role. John Sanders, who played Black Stache, stole every scene he was in. The innovative set and props made a very scaled back production feel much more grandiose.
There were really only two negatives to the show. The play took some time to get used to. It is so fast paced, and so very British that you need to acclimate to the pacing and humor. The second and very slight downside is that it felt a little long. I think a half hour could easily be shaved off the production. Despite these minor flaws, I had a great night at the show. Peter and the Starcatcher is playing through tomorrow at PPAC, so if you are in the area check it out. It continues its national tour throughout the spring and tour dates can be found here.