Theatre Thursdays: Peter and the Starcatcher

While the utter glut of them on the market is oftentimes exhausting, I’m always going to be a fan of fairy tale retellings, sequels, and origin stories. All I ask is that, in putting your own twist on the story, you actually give it a twist. Wicked makes the wicked witch the hero. Ash gives Cinderella a female love interest, and Once Upon A Time makes Little Red Riding Hood the Big Bad Wolf.

I unexpectedly had the chance to see the touring performance of Peter and the Starcatcher last week. Although I own the book the show is based on, I’ve never had a chance to read it, and so I went into the show knowing absolutely nothing about the premise save that it was a Peter Pan prequel. I actually didn’t even know that it wasn’t a musical; I assumed it was, as most of the touring shows that come through my city are. That said, it was one of the most fun shows I’ve seen in a long time, and I highly recommend it.

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Only McCoy Days Till Doctor Who Returns! Have a Prequel!

Who’s excited for Doctor Who to come back? Anyone? I was pleasantly surprised by the Christmas Special in that I had very little to bitch about, but the three months between then and now have given me plenty of time to sink back into my mistrust of Moffat’s ability to write a decent story arc.

Anyway, whether it will be terrible or not, Doctor Who will be back soon. Here’s a prequel for next week’s episode.

First Look at the Doctor Who Christmas Special!

Here it is, folks! I know you’re probably complaining already about the preponderance of Christmas music, Christmas decorations, and annoyingly Christmas-themed commercials on TV since it isn’t even Thanksgiving. Here’s something that, despite its Christmassy nature, will put you in the holly jolly spirit right away. Roll clip!

So what do you think? What’s up with Clara? I spotted Sontarans, and Madame Vastra! And does anyone else think Moffat’s been reading Calvin and Hobbes?

And if that just wasn’t enough for you, here’s a dramatic and tone-setting prequel clip as well: