It is a fairy play. There isn't a thing in it which could ever happen
in real life. That is as it should be. It is consistently beautiful, sweet,
clean, fascinating, satisfying, charming, and impossible from beginning
to end. It breaks all the rules of life drama, but preserves intact all
the rules of fairyland, and the result is altogether contenting to the
spirit. The longing of my heart is a fairy portrait of myself: I want
to be pretty; I want to eliminate facts and fill up the gap with charms.
It is my belief that Peter Pan is a great and refining and uplifting
benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age; and that the next best play
on the boards is a long way behind it as long as you play Peter.
Maude Adams in the role of
Peter Pan, 1906.
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