Reginald deKoven's romantic comic opera "Robin Hood," telling the age old legend of the gallant band of outlaws, has been successfully revived. The merry outlaws score the musical triumph of the evening as they rob the rich, give to the poor, and sing the merits of "Brown October Ale."
The new production is a cross between a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The chorus of tinkers resembles the famous Disney creation, while Sir Guy, who usurps Robin Hood's rightful inheritance, and the eagle-eyed Sheriff of Nottingham are taken straight from Gilbert and Sullivan. The combination is effective and entertaining.
Robin Hood is played with vigor and gallantry by Robert Field, but George Lipton steals the show with his brilliant comedy portrayal of the Sheriff who
"Never yet has made a mistake,
And would like to just for variety's sake."
Barbara Scully as Maid Marion is pleasing to the eye although her voice lacks steadiness and clarity.
The main flaw in the production occurs in the opening scene when milkmaids, villagers, peers, and archers stumble around the crowded stage without rhyme nor reason. However, as soon as the action shifts to Sherwood Forest, "Robin Hood" develops into a delightful blending of songs and smiles.