San Diego Theater Preview: KEN LUDWIG’S ROBIN HOOD! (The Old Globe)

by Tony Frankel on August 3, 2017

in Theater-Los Angeles,Theater-Regional

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THE GLOBE GOES BACK INTO THE WOODS

Ken Ludwig is arguably the leading comic dramatist in the American theater, and with Robin Hood! he has fashioned an extraordinary new take on the legend, commissioned by The Old Globe in San Diesgo. The story remains popular because at its core its a moving tale of a young man’s discovery that everyone has a responsibility to care of his fellow man. This fast, funny, and colorful play is staged by the gifted director Jessica Stone. Since the romp opened on July 22 for previews, with an official opening on July 30, it’s been extended twice due to its popularity. And I don’t doubt it: Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (see my review), which played two years ago at the Globe, was a charming and often uproariously funny take on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story. Expect Robin Hood! to be a fun summer romp full of swashbuckling and romance.

The photos are in, so take a peek at some of the characters: Robin Hood: Daniel Reece (BellevilleThe Realistic Joneses at Yale Rep); Prince John: Michael Boatman (Master Harold…and the Boys on Broadway); The Sheriff of Nottingham: Kevin Cahoon (Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Globe, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Off Broadway); Sir Guy of Gisbourne: Manoel Felciano (Twelfth Night at the Globe; Amélie and Sweeney Todd on Broadway); Maid Marian: Meredith Garretson (Private Policy at Signature Theatre); Friar Tuck: Andy Grotelueschen (Into the Woods and The Imaginary Invalid); Doerwynn: Suzelle Palacios (student in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program); and Little John: Paul Whitty (Amélie and Once on Broadway).

Daniel Reece as Robin Hood

Meredith Garretson as Maid Marian

Manoel Felciano as Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Daniel Reece as Robin Hood

The cast of the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

Kevin Cahoon as The Sheriff of Nottingham and Manoel Felciano as Sir Guy of Gisbourne

Paul Whitty as Little John and Andy Grotelueschen as Friar Tuck

Andy Grotelueschen as Friar Tuck, Michael Boatman as Prince John,
Suzelle Palacios as Doerwynn, and Kevin Cahoon as The Sheriff of Nottingham

Manoel Felciano as Sir Guy as Gisbourne, Michael Boatman as Prince John,
and Kevin Cahoon as The Sheriff of Nottingham

Meredith Garretson as Main Marian, Daniel Reece as Robin Hood,
Andy Grotelueschen as Friar Tuck, and Paul Whitty as Little John

The cast of the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

Kevin Cahoon as The Sheriff of Nottingham and Suzelle Palacios as Doerwynn

Suzelle Palacios as Doerwynn and Michael Boatman as Much the Miller

Meredith Garretson as Maid Marian and Manoel Felciano as Sir Guy of Gisbourne

Meredith Garretson as Maid Marian and Daniel Reece as Robin Hood

photos by Jim Cox

Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at The Old Globe in Balboa Park
Tues & Wed at 7:00; Thurs & Fri at 8:00; Sat at 2:00 & 8:00; Sun at 2:00 & 7:00
ends on August 27, 2017 EXTENDED to September 10, 2017
for tickets, call 619.234-5623 or visit The Old Globe

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