We love Peter Pan so much that we've all taken a hand at creating a Peter Pan musical or play. The next in line to attempt the source material is Lena Gabrielle, Greg Kerestan, and Anthony Marino's Tink. This time it's a through the eyes of everyone's favorite fairy, Tinkerbell. But who is this story for? That's the question.
|photo by Kelly Tunney|
Tink was an overly ambitious production helmed by the equally overly ambitious Rachel Klein. It was flashy. It was colorful. And it was way too much. Since this is a new interpretation of a classic story, there was no reason to keep British dialects for these characters. Especially when the majority of the company had diction and clarity problems in accent. Get rid of them and already, it's a better show. Klein had an energetic young company willing to play pretend but there is such thing as too many bodies. It was a giant cast on a not as giant stage. And it showed. Especially in Klein and Danielle Marie Fusco's choreography. It's very possible that there were too many moving parts for Klein and Fusco to choreograph. When you have no other option but to throw in jazz squares and the iconic “High School Musical” dance moves, you know your choreography isn't serving the production best. But don't think it ends there. Acrobatics, clowning, and rollerblades, oh my! There were moments that there was so much happening on stage that if finding cohesion was ever in consideration, it would be shocking. With the production already being visually active, the costumes from Tracy Angelo and Lynn Rusnica were busy and loud. In an imaginary world, how is it possible to have too much going on in the costumes? While consistency is respected, some of Angelo and Rusnica's choices were baffling. Teal may be my favorite color but green is far too iconic for Tinkerbell not to wear. The textures and patterns and colors and sparkle were in overload. Where Tink made a smart choice was bringing in the tarp to break up the monotony of the cyc. Scenic designer Ann Beyersdorfer also incorporated some treasure chests but they didn’t necessarily add anything too special.
|photo by Kelly Tunney|
Don't get me wrong, this ain't the last time you'll be seeing Tink. It's a commercial producers dream of a kids' show. But Lena Gabrielle, Greg Kerestan, and Anthony Marino have to fix their musical before it can properly be shopped around. People are going to expect the Disney Tinkerbell but this show does not come close. And it must. Right now, this candy-coated musical will just leave you with a cavity.