Thursday November 7, 2013 / 8:00pmPeter and the Starcatcher
How was your experience?
I was running a little late and there were idiots in the Polk/Mason garage who didn't seem to understand how the spiral ramp worked, which made me later. But there were still plenty of parking spaces on the roof, and I made the short walk to the Curran in time to arrive at 8:02, before the actual curtain. Absolutely smooth getting my ticket at Will Call - a front row seat over the unused orchestra pit - and got my butt in the seat two minutes before actual curtain. And from then on I forgot my anxiety. This is a fantastic show, with a cast of uniformly excellent and charismatic actors. The presentation is sort of Story Theatre meets Pippin, with overlapping narration, everyone in the chorus when they're not playing their character roles, actors as narrators, props, and scenery. Conscious emphasis on the value of storytellling (to the point of having a play-within-the-play scene where the lost boys are trying to tell/act the story of Sleeping Beauty). There's a bit of self-conscious anachronism and fourth-wall breaking, but not enough to knock you out of the spell of the show. The songs are fine, though not really memorable. Pace of the first act is rubber-band tight; action moves swiftly through various locations since there's no need for scenery-shifting, etc. Second act is a little looser but still highly engaging This production absolutely restored my faith in the magic of theatre and I'm very glad I saw it. Kudos to all.