Nov. 23, 2009
Those who never had the opportunity to venture into Panto Land with City Theatre’s “Snow White: A British Panto” will get their chance when the sequel, “Peter Pan: A British Panto,” comes to City Theater. The sequel falls into the Hollywood sequel trap, lacking the same freshness, originality and luster as its predecessor.
A panto is a type of theatre comedy genre where gender roles are mixed and the action follows no logical sequence.
“Peter Pan” is still comical and farcical but with vocals being extra pitchy and off-key, they could shatter windows and the chasing sequences are way too long drawn. They would run and run and run in circles throughout most of the first act. There’s even a line from one of songs a pirate sings amidst the tediously lengthy chases and screams.
“I don’t know what I’ve been told but chasing Peter Pan is getting kind of old,” sings Sarah Rowland, as the character of Assistant Captain Crunch, toward the end of the first act.
And what happened to the title character? The play is titled “Peter Pan” but he was practically missing from the whole production. When Amelia Van Brunt, who portrays Peter Pan, does appear…» Read More