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Unplugging Neverland

Porthouse strips down Peter Pan.

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Matthew Earnest, who directs Porthouse Theatre’s production of Peter Pan, which opens tonight, says J.M. Barrie’s classic is a perfect fit. “It speaks to me in terms of make-believe,” says the New Yorker. “It’s a theme that is especially resonant in the theater.” And rather than get all fancy with newfangled technology, Earnest uses a lot of found objects (like random pieces of metal) to tell the story of the boy who refuses to grow up. “The audience is challenged to visualize,” he says.

Earnest cast adults in all of the play’s roles -- including the two Darling kids and Peter himself. “Because only in adulthood can we see the beautiful things we experienced in childhood,” he says. “Imagination is such a broad universal -- no matter where you go, who you are, or who you become.” Besides, the century-old story still has something to say to modern audiences, he says. “Life is so much richer when you continue to discover it.”
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