Dear readers! This week’s theater review for the LA Weekly is of Peter and the Starcatcher, now playing at The Ahmanson in Downtown LA.
Much like the dastardly pirates terrorizing the high seas, in his fun play Peter and the Starcatcher, playwright Rick Elice has ransacked the best of British kids lit, giving us plucky, pint-sized sleuths fresh from the Boy’s Own adventures and larger-than-life characters straight out of rowdy pantomimes. Based on the 2006 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the tale is an imagined prequel to one of England’s most beloved plays, Peter Pan: or, The Boy Who Never Grew Up. A trio of orphans, including a forlorn nameless Boy — later Peter (Joey deBettencourt) — are enlisted into service aboard the good ship Neverland, bound for exotic lands and bearing a precious cargo. Boy meets the Captain’s daughter, Molly (Megan Stern), and they both escape to a mysterious island when pirates take her father’s ship.
To read the remainder of this review, go here to the LA Weekly’s theater page and scroll down midway.
Peter and the Starcatcher
135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown LA.
Runs through Jan. 12, 2014