Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Heart of Robin Hood

Everyone pretty much knows the story of Robin Hood and his merry men who stole from the rich to give to the poor - or at least that's the way most remember it.

OSF's production of The Heart of Robin Hood - now at the Elizabethan Theater does not disappoint in putting a little twist on the story of how Robin Hood (John Tufts) came to find his heart and his one true love, Marion (Kate Hurster).

Stage settings are always a highlight of any OSF production.  The use of trees, ladders, platforms and rope swings, along with specialized background scene lighting,  takes the audience on a romp through the forest as the story unfolds.  It is particularly stunning to have the star-filled night sky add to the magic of the performance.

As always, the acting is beyond reproach but there are two characters who stand out in this cast, the first being Pierre, Marion's jester/servant, hilariously (and spot on perfect) portrayed by Daniel T. Parker.  The second was the performance of Tanya Thai McBride who brilliantly portrayed Plug the Dog.  She really called upon her inner dog - her body movements and sounds were so good you "almost" forgot she was human.

Directed by Joel Sass, The Heart of Robin Hood runs just shy of 2 hours, 20 minutes with a 15-minute intermission - and will run through the last weekend of the OSF 2013 season.

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