Sunday, April 29, 2007

Peter & Wendy at Arena Stage

Just returned from Peter & Wendy at Arena Stage, which was outstanding. If you do not go to the theatre often, make time for this one. You may want to get your tickets soon. I have a feeling that it will sell out.

Peter & Wendy is a version of the play or musical Peter Pan (which I've never seen) told through the unconventional media of story telling, a live celtic music ensemble and bunraku and shadow puppetry. This sounds like it would be an assault on the senses. However, the minimalist staging, combined with the deftness of Karen Kandel, the narrator, who also provides the voice of all of the characters, ties it all together. She plays that role until May 27, 2007. After that and until the show closes, another actress takes over.

My theatre buddy remarked that Peter & Wendy would be suitable for a 10-year-old friend of hers, and indeed there was a handful of children in the theatre. In my opinion (and it is my blog, so there), starting at 7:30pm and lasting three hours, Peter & Wendy might be asking a bit much. Plus, it's intense.

Peter & Wendy
Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Sales office 202.488.3300
www.arenastage.org

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