CATCO knew it had a marketing problem. Its December show was a Disney property, a magical show based on a familiar children's story, just in time for the holidays. And yet …
CATCO knew it had a marketing problem.
Its December show was a Disney property, a magical show based on a familiar children's story, just in time for the holidays. And yet …
The source material was co-written by longtime humor columnist Dave Barry, the show was perhaps more successful off-Broadway than on, it features (spoiler alert) a scene in which hairy men are magically transformed into mermaids (complete with costumes that don't cover all the hair) and the local cast included Andrew Levitt, better known as his drag-queen alter ego Nina West.
"It's not like anything you've seen before," producing director Steven Anderson said of "Peter and the Starcatcher."
The play is based on Barry and Ridley Pearson's novel "Peter and the Starcatchers," which provides a backstory for Peter Pan and Captain Hook and serves as a prequel to J.M Barrie's "Peter and Wendy."
The ensemble show features a couple songs but is not a formal musical, Anderson said. It's an engaging, quick-tempo piece full of comedy that will go over the heads of (but not be inappropriate for) younger audience members.
The cast handles not only the dialogue and staging but also the makeshift construction of set pieces and sound effects. The fourth wall is regularly broken.
Levitt plays "campy and funny" Betty Bumbrake, putting his Nina West skills to good use playing a man playing a woman.
"I'm not in drag," Levitt said. "It's more a Shakespearean approach."
"(Betty's) role is to provide a sort of comedic break between Molly and her love interest," he said.
A second role finds Levitt among those transformed into mermaids. But as Teacher, he also "provides the impetus for Peter to evolve into 'Pan,' to guide him to that turning point."
"It's charming, and celebrates the warmth of the season," Levitt said. "Children will find the magic. Adults will find the joy."