Robin Hood: The Panto! | Evanston Arts Depot | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18 2010
Phone: 847-424-0089
Price: $10-$25
The Christmas panto is a distinctly British--and distinctly weird--theatrical form involving cartoonish gambits, fairy-tale storylines, and actors in drag. It's rare in the United States, but Evanston's Piccolo Theatre mounts a new one each year. Directed by Glenn Proud and Brianna Sloane from Jessica Puller's script, this production follows the form's rigid conventions with a nerdy devotion: topical jokes, a pantomime cow, and a pie fight--all de rigueur--trot dutifully across the stage. Though it seems Piccolo would rather have a good panto than a good show, Robin Hood benefits from several solid performances. Andrew Roberts imparts a bustling comic charm to the traditional role of the Dame, and Ben Muller radiates electric evil as the villainous Sir Guy. --Keith Griffith

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