So asked the diminutive star of Peter Pan, at the beginning of the play we saw yesterday afternoon. It wasn't what I expected but it was infinitely better than the one we saw Friday night. That being said, I still fell asleep somewhere between the part where the Lost Boys were singing and woke up to Captain Hook dancing a jig with his men.
I don't know. I'm not really sure what I was looking for. I distinctly remember feeling the same disappointment after seeing Lea Salonga perform in the much celebrated Miss Saigon during the Manila run. My thought balloon was, "That was it??!!!". I run the risk of being labelled an imbecile for daring to have a negative reaction to what most Filipinos regard as a local triumph but I really didn't like it that much. I attribute this not to the lack of talent (they were all good) but more to the failure of the production to transport me enough to forget the tired storyline and cheesy song lyrics.
I was expecting the magic of Phantom of the Opera in Sydney, where, even though we were seated at the side and where you had to sometimes crane your neck in order to see beyond the huge post, I was transfixed from the moment the auctioneer's gavel hit the block till the very end. And before I am accused of being biased against local productions (or local talent), the Repertory productions of Camelot, Proposals (Neil Simon) and Once on this Island remain to be favorites of mine.
So...Peter Pan...liked the effects, the fairy dust and the bubbles at the end. And I'm sure the children at the theater loved it. But I still prefer the Disney version.
What's your favorite play?