Everyone knows the legend of Robin Hood, the 12th century outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But Ken Ludwig's latest madcap comedy (see also Lend Me a Tenor and Baskerville) casts the familiar story in a new and modern light. Maid Marian is no damsel in distress but an educated woman and a skilled archer, and Robin's diverse merry band of outlaws fights for justice, kindness, and unity. What a great reason to come together at the theater again!
|the cast of Sherwood|
(photo courtesy of Yellow Tree)
Craig Johnson directs this terrific eight-person cast in a playful, joyous, and physical storytelling style, with some fast and fun fight scenes (choreographed by Mike Lubke). And in Yellow Tree's intimate space, you almost feel like part of the story. It's truly amazing the things they can do with their tiny thrust stage; the multi-level set could not be more charming with it's faux tree trunks hiding props, medieval stone walls, and greenery covering everything. The bright and colorful costumes are playful and versatile, with multiple costume changes or slight tweaks to signal character changes for ensemble members. Adding to the playful and action-packed tone are sound (the twang and thwack of an arrow) and lighting design. (Scenic design by Justin Hooper, lighting design by Kathy Maxwell, costume design by Anna Hill, and sound design by Peter Morrow.)
Sherwood is a fun, funny, playful, engaging, and heart-warming tale that joyfully welcomes audiences back to Osseo. Continuing Wednesdays through Sundays through October 17 (click here for details and tickets).