I got the opportunity to see the theatrically inventive and wonderfully staged “Peter and the Starcatcher” earlier this year Off-Broadway in New York. Now the show travels to San Francisco’s Curran Theatre on its national tour. I devoted part of my Sunday Spotlight column to a phone interview I did with Joey deBettencourt, who plays the leading role of Boy in this “Peter Pan” prequel. From my column:
When “Peter and the Starcatcher” opened in New York on Broadway in 2012, it created a lot of buzz because of its innovative staging. Using minimal sets, this brisk prequel to “Peter Pan” — which follows a beleaguered orphan as he winds up in Neverland as the most famous flying boy in literature — relied on its troupe of actors in many cases to stand in as walls, props, even furniture.
If you have a chance to see this production in San Francisco during its run Nov. 5-Dec. 1, let me know what you think.
While in San Francisco a couple of weekends ago, I also got the chance to see “Carrie the Musical” at the Victoria Theatre in the Mission District — the first time I’ve seen a show at that venue. While I’m sure some theatergoers were expecting a campy, over-the-top musicalization of Stephen King’s classic horror story about a prom gone horribly awry, the material turns out to be a lot more dramatic, with a lush, ballad-heavy score. The Ray of Light Theatre Company production delivered a fairly impressive climax to the play — it isn’t easy to have to depict supernatural mayhem ending with a school being burned to the ground — that actually made me jump. Will “Carrie” ever play in Fresno? With such a recognizable title, it’d be fun to see someone try to pull it off locally.