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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

5 Reasons Why Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the Right Choice

By: Iris Wiener

April 29, 2023: Peter Pan Goes Wrong so well that it is only right to expect extraordinary hijinks in this riotous follow-up to The Play That Goes Wrong. The fictional Cornley Drama Society returns to the New York stage with a new attempt at a classic production, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Everything that can go wrong, from injuries to prop mishaps to audio problems, falters in the most asinine, fun ways. Nominated for Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards, Peter Pan is filled with reasons to love it. Here are five of them:

5 Reasons Why Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the Right Choice

By: Iris Wiener

April 29, 2023: Peter Pan Goes Wrong so well that it is only right to expect extraordinary hijinks in this riotous follow-up to The Play That Goes Wrong. The fictional Cornley Drama Society returns to the New York stage with a new attempt at a classic production, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Everything that can go wrong, from injuries to prop mishaps to audio problems, falters in the most asinine, fun ways. Nominated for Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards, Peter Pan is filled with reasons to love it. Here are five of them:

1.    The audience is participating in the set-up of the performance before the curtain even rises. Passing extension cords, making room for the company as they climb through the seats, bantering with the actors…all part of the interactive fun that pervades the show. Neil Patrick Harris (starring through May 7th) plays with the audience when the cast must “stall” after Tinkerbell gets electrocuted. Henry Shields’ Francis, the narrator of the production, also plays Hook, who masterfully riffs with the children in the theater.

2.    The performers give a true master class in theatricality and comedic timing. Harris’ physicality is delightful in this farcical joyride, but this British team is equally extraordinary as they get stuck in doggy-doors (Henry Lewis’ poor Nana), get smashed in an accordion of a bed, fly through the air to hit everything in sight, or try to navigate a rocking ship in a wheelchair. Actors playing actors is tough enough, but to be actors playing bad actors is witnessing something special. Nancy Zamit’s portrayal of Tinkerbell, Mrs. Darling, and the maid, is an exceptional juggling routine.

3.    Simon Scullion’s remarkable turntable of a set is chock-full of surprises and magic tricks at every turn, while it is also gloriously destroyed to great perfection at every performance. Its genius is in its nuanced complexity, acting as the Darling’s infamous home, the mermaid’s lagoon, the bow of Hook’s ship, and of course, Neverland.

4.    The laughter evoked from Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields’ clever scriptis insanely clever and unparalleled by anything else on Broadway this season. Not a moment passes in which raucous guffaws are a glorious chorus. There’s an additional layer of hilarity in a back story that involves a behind-the-scenes romance…not to mention the scandalous nepotism on behalf of the fictional producer, who has his rascally fun nephew, Max (Matthew Cavendish) playing Michael Darling.

5.  “Under Construction”