Peter Pan. From the parents’ perspective.
Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Margaret Ogilvy
Written and performed by Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher
Directed by Melinda Jean Ferraraccio
Additional text by Nick Ryan
Original song by Katie Hartman
Darlings re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan” from the perspective of Mr. and Mrs. Darling, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night … where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can’t trust the charming little boy with the impish smile.
“Dark, imaginative and well-acted, evocatively employing simple props, by the end of this retelling of “Peter Pan” for grown ups, no one is clapping to save Tinker Bell.”
-Richard Chin, Twin Cities Pioneer Press
“Through constant and creative reconfiguring of a few simple platforms and costume pieces, the actors’ physicality allows them to plunge into a remarkably clever reenactment of the Peter Pan story. I won’t spoil the experience by describing the many, many high points (although you should particularly watch for how Tinkerbell is realized). But it’s a tribute to their skill and sharp, simple choices that the audience is never confused and is delighted all the way.”
-Ed Cohen, Cincinnati City Beat
“The two reenact the adventures of Peter and Wendy, turning the familiar story into an exploration of hope and grief. This polished, highly intelligent, desperately sad show will linger with you.“
–Jay Gabler, Minneapolis City Pages
“The show is a whirlwind of pain, giddiness, longing and childish innocence, as the play tells the traditional story of Peter Pan but from a new perspective: in the eyes of the Darling parents … physical devised theater at its best.“
-Samantha Rosenthal, Orlando Watermark