Robin Hood and Maid Marian | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 29 2015

It's good of Forks & Hope to remind us that Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote plays as well as verse, but actually performing one of them seems excessive. Titled The Foresters, Tennyson's 1892 retelling of the Robin Hood legend centers on the edenic community the Earl of Huntingdon founds after running afoul of tyrannical Prince John (he of the Magna Carta) and taking refuge in Sherwood Forest. The earl refuses all titles, respects all persons, lives pleasantly on the land, and never punches down when it comes to stealing gold from travelers. His followers are simple, honest, cheerful folk with nary a traitor among them. Imagine a sort of Teletubby As You Like It. The F&H folks seem to know there's a problem and, in this adaptation directed by Matt Pierce, try to compensate by adding lightly parodic touches. Doesn't really work. —Tony Adler

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