The 730 Review

“Shavana Clarke is devastating as Pan, trapped in purgatory and in the midst of judging for herself whether a young death (see James Dean) is preferable to growing older, more miserable, and no longer willing to live (so, Brando — or, in the case of this story, Michael’s father)… What Pan is incapable or unwilling to imagine is the middle ground, the grey area where people can sometimes love life while sometimes wanting to stop breathing for a little while, where people cherish their families but also wish they could escape and be far, far away. Pan is uninterested in the uncomfortable conversations and honest outbursts and (the most human thing of all) unending vulnerability that define healthy and stable marriages, friendships, and familial relationships. Ms. Clarke captures this tension from the get-go: the closer the core four family members get to one another the more Pan’s existence is threatened. She fears being permanently forgotten, left behind and alone in this old, dusty house. Her alternative is to go to the next place in her afterlife, but the uncertainty is almost too much for her to even seriously consider. What if the next stage of death makes her completely disappear into the ether and the unknown? At one point, she cries out, “I know I’m dead, but I don’t want to not exist.”

Times Square Chronicles

“Shavana Clarke (Pan) is pure energy as she walks that fine line of playful innocence and malicious mischief; her vibrant presence carries the innocent and dangerous tenor of the piece.”



“…the beaming Shavana Clarke is enchanting as Peter Pan, conveying the sense of flight with her animated presence.”