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Robin Hood: A Fanciful Historie of That Most Notable & Famous Outlaw Robyn Hood

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Writing pseudo-Shakespearean doggerel, playwright Scott Lynch-Giddings succeeds in wringing all the excitement out of the well-known adventures of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. What he delivers is a long-winded academic exercise that must be as taxing for the ensemble, indifferently directed by Kevin Theis, as it is for the audience. A few performers punch through all the bad poetry--most notably Steve Pickering, suitably intense and evil as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Jo Ellen Koppenaal's costumes are consistently delightful. And Geoff Coates's swashbuckling fight choreography provides some truly dramatic moments in this otherwise dispirited and dispiriting production. --Jack Helbig a Through 8/25: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Sun 7/29 and 8/5, 5 PM only, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Austin Gardens, Forest and Lake, Oak Park, 708-445-4440, $17-$25, $8-$20 Sun 7/29 and 8/5 (includes 3:30 PM Family Day "theater activities".

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