Peter and the Starcatcher at Kennedy Center Tuesday, Jan. 28

Ever wonder how Peter Pan became the ultimate hipster—a man-child who vows to never grow up? The Tony Award–winning play Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, offers a new take on Pan’s origin story, in which he leaves a London orphanage for adventures on Mollusk Island. While there, Peter forms a partnership with Molly Aster after they save each other from imminent doom. Don’t arrive expecting a technological, big-budget spectacular in the style of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Mary Poppins, or the original Cathy Rigby Peter Pan musical: The actors rely on ropes and swings instead of rigged wire systems to sail across the stage. With a troupe of 12 actors playing hundreds of characters, the scrappy ensemble tells the story with humorous dexterity. Adults might be playing characters around the age of 13, but Peter and the Starcatcher is far from child’s play. The show runs Jan. 28 to Feb. 16 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $55–$135. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

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