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'Peter and the Starcatcher' works its magic at the Hippodrome
'Peter and the Starcatcher' works its magic at the Hippodrome

Early on in "Peter and the Starcatcher," the ingenious and brilliantly performed play now at the Hippodrome, there's a flashback to a grim orphanage in England where the boy who will become Peter Pan by the end of the show endures brutal treatment. As the ugly business is reenacted, a voice softly emerges amid the din from a corner of the stage, singing the opening lines of a work from the mid-19th century by Felix Mendelssohn, a work that Victorians loved: "O for the wings, for the wings of a dove, far away, far away would I rove." Those few wistful measures are all it takes to reveal the heart beneath this fanciful and wildly entertaining prequel to the...

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