Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Reaction to The Darling Chidren

Here are some of the critical response to The Darling Chidren:

American Theatre Web - Andy Prosp
Relationships, traditions and rules knit the family together after Peter Pan leaves for Neverland, but in Ivan Faute’s The Darling Children, the ties that bind weave a noose that chokes out normalcy and hope...
...Faute doesn’t define reality. Will Peter return? Will he be able to fix everything? Does Peter even exist or are his letters forgeries written in a sadistic effort to enflame, then snuff out hope? Nothing is certain except that we understand why Peter would have run away.

Time Out New York - Christy Purington
I’m not really the kind of person who likes her classic stories toyed with, and The Darling Children is a prime example of why. Ivan Faute explores the darker side of Neverland, imagining it as a place of strange relationships and impossible ideals, rather than the magical locale most remember from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The audience watches the disintegration of the Darling family in Peter’s absence, as each member grasps at straws to make sense of his or her situation. Not only are the blocking and props confusing (the mother dons a gas mask around her neck at one point), but the plot is weak, never really offering the deeper meaning I was hoping to find in the show... - Mark DeFrancis
...The Darling Children is a fascinating idea for a show, but I found it to be hampered by a confusing and needlessly esoteric script. So much of the dialogue and story are disjointed that it is a great effort for the cast to bring life and sympathy into their characters. Murray and his cast are to be commended for bringing some whimsical references and even some humor into a play which made me miss Neverland all the more from its absence.

FringeTASTIC - Sabrina Khan
This link provides a good synopsis.

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