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01 March 2019 @ 01:43 pm
Finding Neverland  
Love Stories: Fall for the Book and the George Mason University Folklore Round Table put on a storytelling event on Wednesday night, with a focus on love stories. A few of us from Better Said Than Done were invited to tell as part of the program. I had a mental debate about what to tell. Better Said Than Done is focused on personal stories, but I have an original fairy tale that fit the theme well and decided to go with that. It worked well. But I do still plan to tell a story about the 13,769 times I fell in love (starting with Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super Heroes – ooh, that green skin!) some time.


Finding Neverland: Last night, I went to see Finding Neverland at the National Theatre. For those who are unfamiliar with it, this is a musical about how J. M. Barrie came to write Peter Pan. I have to admit that I don’t really know enough about him to know how accurate it is, but I gathered that the basics are there. It wasn’t a terrible show, but it wasn’t brilliant either. Most of the music is pretty forgettable and many of the jokes are corny and trite. I like the concept that we all need to play and growing up doesn’t eliminate that. I don’t like being hit over the head with it. Also, I hated much of the choreography. It was redeemed with "We Own the Night," but I wasn’t surprised to learn that the choreographer, Mia Michaels, is best known for working on So You Think You Can Dance. I don’t want generic showy moves in theatre choreography. I want dance that tells a story.

The single thing that annoyed me the most is that I know that J. M. Barrie was a Scot. I assume this is the director’s fault and not the actor’s, but I found it really grating that Jeff Sullivan played him with an English accent. No. Just no.

I didn’t completely hate this – and, by the way, I do completely hate Peter Pan and take some pleasure in refusing to clap for Tinkerbell – but it could have been tightened up quite a bit. If you want to see a show based on Peter Pan, I suggest Peter and the Starcatcher instead. That had some real imagination behind it.

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