Never-Never Land

January 01, 1998|By J. Wynn Rousuck

There have been several theatrical versions of James M. Barrie's classic "Peter Pan" lately. London's Royal National Theatre has a large-scale, four-hour extravaganza narrated by Alec McCowen and starring Ian McKellen as Captain Hook. And in Los Angeles, an avant-garde, Obie Award-winning adaptation called "Peter and Wendy" interprets the bond between that pair as a reflection of Barrie's relationship with his mother, whose grief over the accidental death of James' older brother led James to fill in as the "lost boy" in her affections.

Olney Theatre Center, however, has gone back to the source, Barrie's original 1904 stage play, treating it as a fantasy for children. Though Jim Dubensky's oafish Peter is a disappointment, Conrad Feininger is a capital Captain Hook - as charming as he is evil. The production, which has been extended through Jan. 11, could stand added oomph, but it still makes a decent holiday bauble for the kids.

Show times at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Route 108, Olney, are 8 p.m. today through Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7-Jan. 11; with matinees at 2 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday and Jan. 10 and Jan. 11. Tickets are $10-$32. Call 301-924-3400.

Pub Date: 1/01/98

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