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Peter and the Starcatcher

by Clinton Campbell
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Nov 13, 2018
The cast of "Peter and the Starcatcher," presented by the Hub Theatre Company through November 18.
The cast of "Peter and the Starcatcher," presented by the Hub Theatre Company through November 18.  

Over the last hundred years, J.M. Barrie's "the boy who wouldn't grow up" has become part of our Western culture. Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Lost Boys will forever be etched in the minds of many a child through books, plays, and films.

To add to Peter's mythology, Rick Elice has created "Peter and The Starcather" adapted from a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. "Starcatcher" is intended to be the origin story of Peter Pan and a prequel to Barrie's writings.

The multi-award winning show has had a couple of productions of in the Boston area over that last few years, but none has been quite as chaotically joyful as the current production by the Hub Theatre Company of Boston.

Every member of Director Sarah Gazdowicz extremely talented company clearly enjoys performing in this production.

An added delight is seeing her tackle what has always been a male dominated story — even if they are mostly boys — and make it both more inclusive and as well as universal with gender identity-blind casting. (The original cast listing only calls for one woman and eleven men.)

People often doubt the influence of inclusive casting, but this production illustrates its power. Peter is a story that has something for everyone; and everyone should be a part of it.

Claire Koenig as the boy that will become Peter is an absolute delight to watch. She captures both Peter's wide-eyed wonder of the world as well as his deep suspicion of adults with great skill. She provides one of the most touching portrayals of the young hero in recent memory.

While Joey C Pelletier as Black Stache and Michael John Ciczewski as Smee are deliciously campy as the villainous pirates trying to thwart Peter's plans. They manage to get their teeth in to every set piece in sight (and maybe even a few backstage) yet never become irritating. Even their most stale jokes and puns manage to elicit laughs.

Hub Theater is one of this city's "little theaters that could." They are small, scrappy, and always willing to take risks — often with mixed results. However, this production of "Peter and The Starcatcher" is not only a home run for them, it is possibly one of the best productions on stage in Boston at the moment.

If you haven't visited Neverland in a while, shoot for the second star to the right and straight on till morning — or just head to First Church in Boston.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" runs through November 18 at the First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA. For further information, visit the Hub Theatre Company website.

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