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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 13 2014

It's 1885, and two ships are headed to some island for some reason having to do with mixed-up matching steamer trunks. Upright Lord Aster captains the first ship and for some reason puts his plucky tween daughter, Molly, on the other. They communicate via glowing necklaces. Pirates appear, both ships capsize, and everyone ends up on an island run by mollusks who speak in Italian pasta dishes. Oh, and the bad guys are either black or gay. Rick Elice's 2012 prequel to Peter Pan was a Broadway smash and Tony Award winner despite its perfect lack of internal logic. And this touring production lacks all heart. Directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers throw anything makeshift, steampunk, or ironic onto the stage, extracting little but overworked bits and unearned sentiment.

Price: $15-$82

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