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Peter Pan and Other Plays: The Admirable…

Peter Pan and Other Plays: The Admirable Crichton; Peter Pan; When Wendy…

by J. M. Barrie

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Peter Pan is an amazing read. Act 1 is a masterpiece that can happily hold its head up in any company. What surprised me is that Peter Pan is dead. You'll notice that he is dressed in autumn leaves and cobwebs. So when he leaves his shadow behind, the shadow of death is in the nursery. When Wendy tries to touch him he says she must not, but cannot explain why. This is a reference to The Gospel of John 20:17 where the resurrected Jesus says “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.” Peter doesn't know why he can't be touched because he's only a little boy. The other God Peter is is Pan. Apparently, hunters used to whip his statue when they were unsuccessful, so there seems to be some sort of power over life and death and he was once famously proclaimed to be dead. All of which would make Captain Hook the devil… if indeed he and Peter are different people. Bear all this in mind and everything else in the play will follow, but like all great pieces of writing other interpretations are available. A previous owner of my copy left me his annotations. Most made perfect sense, but there were several apparently quite serious references to anuses that I could make nothing of.

I only came for the main show but stayed for the entire performance. The other three plays are evidence of a clever man at the top of his game and in total control of his craft. Flawless in construction with charming characters and all very funny. But each of them has a darker edge. Crichton and What Every Woman Knows will challenge you to consider your opinions of class and gender respectively. Mary Rose is frankly chilling. All the plays have certain idiosyncrasies of vision: obsessions with islands and the reversal of roles, for example, that make them very individual productions. ( )
  Lukerik | May 18, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192839195, Paperback)

As well as being the author of the greatest of all children's plays, Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie also wrote sophisticated social comedy and political satire. The Admirable Crichton and What Every Woman Knows are shrewd and entertaining contributions to the politics of class and gender, while Mary Rose is one of the best ghost stories written for the stage. For this edition, the texts of these plays have been newly edited and are supplemented with an in-depth introduction and detailed annotations.

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For some 20 years at the beginning of the century J M Barrie enjoyed enormous commercial success with a wide variety of plays, but he is best known for Peter Pan . It retains its popularity today, both in the original and in adaptations. As well as being the author of the greatest of all children's plays Barrie also wrote sophisticated social comedy and political satire, much of it now newly topical.… (more)

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