by Paula Citron.
Never Man’s Land
Red Dress Productions
Written and directed by Tristan R. Whiston
Starring Canon Cook, Anna Camilleri and Christopher Cauley
At Alchemy Studio Theatre until Feb. 10.
Never Man’s Land is everything that small new wave theatre should be – intelligent, imaginative, dense, provocative, and many-layered. Playwright/director Tristan R. Whiston has grafted on to the J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, a modern story of a transgendered character who doesn’t know how to grow up amid the conflicting messages of his/her body. By using philosophical text from the actual book, interpolated with scenes from Peter/Wendy’s life, Whiston has crafted a play of immense riches.
Gilding the lily is the gorgeous canvas sail and rope set that holds the abstract video component, while functioning as a metaphor for the lives of both the fictional and real Peter. One could accuse the show of being over-written and over-directed, but it is absolutely absorbing.
Canon Cook, Anna Camilleri and Christopher Cauley play the many roles. At the moment, pacing is ragged but that should settle down. This play is “The-a-tre” with a capital T.
Never Man’s Land continues at Alchemy Studio Theatre until Feb. 10.