Friday, August 23, 2013


                                                       "Oh my God!"

     "Peter and the Star Catcher" snagged five Tony Awards in 2012. These included Tonys for Sound as well as Costume, Scenic and Lighting Design.  Christian Borle received the Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.

     This long awaited production, which begins its national tour at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House has a first act that's a fizzling dud followed by the most exquisitely opulent, hilarious and enchanting second act imaginable. One can't help wondering if Act Two had not been the play in toto at one time and that someone felt it needed to be longer for a Broadway audience and tacked on what is now Act One.

     The actors are magnificent in their ability to create clear characterization while delivering the superb word-smithing of playwright Rick Elice with crisp well enunciated elocution. The precision of their stage movement is stunning.

     Act One of "Peter and the Star Catcher" provides us as audience with the back story to the prequel to James Barrie’s “Peter Pan” which is really found in Act Two. Thank heaven you stayed in your seat for the second act. At the top of Act Two the colorless reality of Act One shifts dramatically to a lush exotic shimmering blue and green fantasia of set and lighting, fabulously funny acting and innovative theatricality that astounds. Bring a pillow for Act One and get set to be dazzled after Intermission.

     The cast is a delight to a man/woman and John Sanders steals the show as Black Stache with outrageously funny physical comedy, impeccable timing and a litany of “Oh My Gods” you will never forget.

Worth a peek.Marlowe's Musings

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