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Peter Pan Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 21 2011

Impressive tech has always been part of the draw for J.M. Barrie's play about Wendy Darling and the boy who refused to grow up. The first production, which Barrie himself directed in 1904, is said to have featured elaborate sets and flying. So Threesixty Entertainment is squarely in the tradition with this staging, presented in a souped-up tent fitted out with a kind of digital cyclorama: CGI images are projected on a screen that rests like a halo over the playing area and audience. It's exceedingly cool during passages involving movement, as when Peter and the Darling children fly over Edwardian London on their way to Neverland. But for most of the show the images just sit there, looking oversaturated. The real excitement is the play itself, which is at once charming and fascinatingly bizarre. Certain moments make you wonder whether it was Barrie and not Alfred Jarry who started absurdism. --Tony Adler

Price: $20-$75

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