Now is the time for the bedtime story.
A great bedtime story will make us giggle, it will make us wonder, it will help us get ready for dreams and, perhaps most of all, it will help us realize that we are safe in this world.
That’s the kind of story being told at the Milwaukee Rep, where "Peter and the Starcatcher" opened this week.
It’s a story that is full of laughter, some of the funniest stuff scene on a Milwaukee stage this season. It’s got everything that a bedtime story should have. There are heroes and villains, there is a secret mission, a secret treasure, a boy and a girl, threats, drama on the high seas, good and evil, and a happy ending as you close your eyes and drift off to a gentle and warm sleep.
The play is based on a novel written Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The adaptation by Rick Elice had a nice run on Broadway and won Tony awards. It's a story that carried an opening night audience on the wings of imagination.
The story is a prequel to the wondrous life of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up.
It’s such a simple story. A 13-year-old orphan with no name and no home takes off into a life filled with joys and sorrows, fear and courage. And as the play moves on, he gets a name, a name that gives full identity to the legend that he becomes.
This large cast of actors is sublime. They take turns moving the play along with bits of narrative that both seduce and amuse. The story bounces along on the a collective sense of humor where everyone laughs at the same time.
There is such joy in the humor, potty humor of flatulence and burps and sophisticated humor that takes much of it from our current lives.
We are transported to distant lands where an island king serenades us with a modern day rap, to ships being tossed by a roiling sea.
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