REVIEW: "Robin Hood" at the Old Globe
Ken Ludwig's "Robin Hood" Comes to Town
Ken Ludwig's "Robin Hood" at the Old Globe
Photos by Jim Cox
With quips as quick as a rapier (and actual sword fighting, to boot), Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood is a family-friendly, action-packed show filled with laughs, romance, and a touch of morality.
Written by the always-funny Ken Ludwig, Robin Hood tells the classic English folklore story of the heroic outlaw Robin Hood, who steals from the rich to give to the poor alongside his band of Merry Men. Lighthearted and sometimes foolish, Ludwig's version of Robin Hood (Daniel Reece) is as cheeky and clever as you'd expect the outlaw to be. The production leans heavily on history, following along the common belief that Robin Hood (aka Robin of Loxley) was a supporter of King Richard the Lionheart, which has the strange result of grounding the fantastical tale in history, in reality.
Directed by Jessica Stone, the characters in this version of Robin Hood are easily brought to life by a stellar cast, from the loud-mouthed Friar Tuck (Andy Grotelueschen) to the loyal-till-the-end friend Doerwynn (Suzelle Palacios).
Meredith Garretson stands out as Maid Marian, whose wit is as fiery as her hair. This Maid Marian isn't a damsel in distress; rather, she fights back better than all of the boys. Michael Boatman is a regal King Richard (and a less regal Prince John), and Paul Whitty plays the romantic Little John.
A fair number of laughs come from the unlikely comedic duo of Sir Guy of Grisbourne (Manoel Felciano) and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Kevin Cahoon). Often paired together, Sir Guy of Grisbourne's stern attitude is in stark contrast to the Sheriff's cowardly-yet-realistic outlook.
Naturally, though, it's Daniel Reece's layered and constantly developing Robin Hood that audiences connect with and root for––he is the hero, after all. And this version of Robin Hood doesn't skimp on the heroic moments that make Robin such an iconic folkhero.
Tim Mackabee designed the clever and sometimes humorous sets, while Gregg Barnes designed the period costumes. The prolific fight scenes were expertly choreographed by Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum, while the lighting was designed by Jason Lyons.
The world premiere of Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood is showing at the Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in Balboa Park through September 3rd. Tickets are available now via the Old Globe's website.
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