Winnipeg Theatre Listings
June 23 - 28, 1913
Charles Frohman presents, Maude Adams in her most famous success "Peter Pan", by J.M.Barrie.
Miss Adams would be welcome in anything that she elected to present, but in the role of the boy who wouldn't grow up she is surely doubly welcome. Barrie's play is one of the most successful works that the stage has had in a decade.
Peter Pan is an epic of childish joy and fancy; it is the apotheosis of youth and all of its high-colored fiction and Barrie is probably the only writer in English letters today capable of giving this whimsical conception dramatic form. In the lovable, elfish Peter Pan, the boy who did not want to grow up, and ran away from home rather than become president, the British writer has given Maude Adams a part that suits her and her talents.
The coming of Peter Pan to the Darling's nursery after the children have been put to bed by the faithful St. Bernard dog, Nana, who officiates as nurse, the lesson in flying and the subsequent flight of the children through the window to the Never,Never,Never Land; the arrival in the magic country, infested with strange animals- the monster ostrich, the man-eating crocodile with a clock ticking in its stomach, and the fierce wolves driven away by the children looking through their legs; the building of the house in the woods with a silk hat for a chimney and a lady's slipper for a door-knocker; the attack of the savage redskins and the bloodthirsty pirates; the retreat to the underground cavern; the capture of the children, who are taken prisoner to the pirate ship and sentenced to walk the plank; the rescue by Peter Pan, the worsting of the pirates, and the return of the Darling children to their anxious mother- these are the salient features of this novel drama of children. Mr. and Mrs. Darling, overjoyed at the return of the lost ones, wish to keep Peter Pan, but the boy is still resolved to never grow up, and returns to the little house among the flower-laden trees, where Wendy, according to agreement, visits him annually to attend to his house cleaning.
Miss Adams will be seen in her original role of Peter. She is in turn elfish, wistful, tender, joyous, sad. She dances and trips, whistles and sings as gaily as the rest of the children, and invests the part with the charm, poetry and atmosphere of youth. The company surrounding Miss Adams is well balanced.
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