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.

Donald Munro

Donald Munro

Donald Munro is The Bee's arts and culture critic. He currently has the opening song to "Galavant" stuck in his head and doesn't know if he can ever get it out.
Donald Munro
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2 thoughts on “San Francisco theater: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

  • November 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I saw this on Broadway the week going into closing. Such an amazing piece of imaginative theater. I’m hoping I can see the tour but I don’t know haha

  • November 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I saw the first SF performance last night ….I agree with Mr Munro that it is “well worth the trip” to San Francisco ….such and IMAGINATIVE and COMPELLING piece ! loved it ….might see it again


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