Last weekend, I was able to take my girls on a girls only outing. We went to see The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. Front Porch Theatre produced the play. It was directed by Joy Donley and took place in her backyard.
I was excited to see well-known and appreciated, local actors up close, but I have to say I wasn’t blown away.
“Why?” you may be asking.
Because it was EVERYTHING I expected it to be. It was the perfect mix of dry humor and spoofy humor. The location of the Donley’s backyard was perfect. The audience was pleasant. The raindrops that fell on our heads were not that bad. It was so fun!
The story was told from the perspective of the Town’s Guy (played by Lamar Jefferson), and the Town’s Guy led us through the story of Maid Marian and Robin Hood’s romance. How Robin Hood helped the poor and opend Mary’s eyes to what was happening in England. Then, he had to stop her from marrying the Sheriff and Prince John from becoming King. (It was all very suspenseful, well as much as a spoof can be)
The actors loved their roles. The Sheriff of Nottingham’s (played by Jeremy Stanbary) evil laugh was textbook perfect for maniacal laughter. Prince John (played by Jeremiah Gamble) was so slimy and so horrifically evil that I couldn’t stand looking at him. At the same time, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. Lamar Jefferson was made to play the role of the Town’s Guy. His personality (the Town’s Guy, I don’t know about Jefferson) was boisterous, loud and fun. Just fun.
Robin Hood was played by Nathan Cousins and every time he spoke, you couldn’t help but grin. He was so dorky and yet at the same time he was the cool one.
Jessica Arend who played Maid Marian was classic. She was a great partner in the Robin Hood goofiness dance!
My favorite part of the Merry Men was when they led us into booing and hissing Prince John (or booing and hithing as demonstrated by Friar Tuck).
The Gamble children were involved in the production with the youngest member of the family (and the entire cast) playing Little John. He was so stinkin’ cute that even though I hardly understood what he was saying, I couldn’t help but giggle. He had real lines and I think he’s only three. Maybe he’s four.
This is Not an Intermission song written by Michael Pearce Donley and performed by the whole cast. That would have made the whole show worth the $0 we paid except for the fact that the whole show was magnificient!
Prince John’s character was deliciously evil wearing his long underwear. Kyla asked him, “Why are you wearing long underwear?” He stared at her for a moment and said, “Prince John can only wear longjohns.” We cracked up!
My girls liked Robin Hood. And I can’t say that I blamed them. He was pretty charming and easy to laugh at.
The costumes were great. Some of the Fawning Ladies (the ladies who surrounded Prince John) wore pop cans on their heads.
Front Porch Theatre’s production of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood performed in Directore Joy Donley’s backyard was a smashing success! If I were a critic, I would give it four thumbs up! Because it was that fantastic!