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Daniel Di Marco)
This new Robin Hood is uneven, but entertaining
by Stuart Munro@StuartMunroTO
I wonder if the evening might be better served by removing the songs altogether.
The book, by William Foley, Jeremy Hutton, Jesse MacLean, Kevin MacPherson, and Kate Smith, is hilarious and filled with plenty of innuendo (a backdoor key fetched from the back of Marian’s dress) and nonsense (a subplot involving the Sheriff of Nottingham and his obsession with dressing up like a squirrel) and usually keeps the plot moving forward. The score, by Kieren MacMillan and Hutton, is entirely less successful. The songs tend to come out of nowhere and lead us nowhere. The melodies are cute, but not clever (the program notes call the score “sophisticated” and “complicated,” but I can’t imagine they’re referring to the same music as in this show), and I wonder if the evening might be better served by removing the songs altogether.
Robin Hood continues to January 26