Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Not Panning Out?
Besides my normal pet peeves, such as the hook of the infamous pirate captain being on the being on the wrong hand and Tink being played by a person... it seems like the play is not very well received. It's described as flat, unfocused and missing the core ideas of Barrie's story.
I think minimalism on stage has a definite place and can be done to great effect. I've even seen a production called Alice's Adventures Underground which used a table as not just the tea table, but the Caterpillar's mushroom (which actors lifted above Alice's head to make her shrink) as well as turned upside down to represent the boat sailing down the Thames wherein Dodgson told Alice the whimsical tale about her at the beginning of the show. Very creative and it had an aura of "Imagine with us!" Now granted, I have not seen the Lookingglass Peter Pan, so it might in fact employ the same sense of wonder. In fact, it's been praised for its acrobatics and choreography. But from the pictures provided, I'm underwhelmed to say the least.