“Time is a dangerous toy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the enthralling two-part play about the later life of its title wizard. This inspired team bends time to its will with an imagination and discipline that leave room for nary a glitch, making five hours of performance pass in a wizardly wink of an eye.
Featuring a script by Jack Thorne—from an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany—Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also gives vibrant, decades-traversing life to those wistful “what if” speculations about the past that occupy both grown-ups and children.
Part of the generation-crossing appeal of J.K. Rowling’s novels lies in her ability to give operatic grandeur to the most universal and pedestrian hopes and fears—feelings harbored by anguished adolescents of all ages—by placing them in a wildly fantastical context. And this show more than honors that dichotomy.
This production knows exactly how, and how hard, to push the tenderest spots of most people’s emotional makeups. By that I mean the ever-fraught relationships between parents and children, connections that persist, often unresolved, beyond death. If you give yourself over to this show’s hypnotic powers, you’ll find everything that happens onstage seems as improbably fluid as, well, time itself.”