Call and Response – Gay Vancouver
In part 2 of our series called Call and Response Sebastien Archibald will respond to the review of Robin Hood posted on Gay Vancouver.
Here’s a quote from the review
“The entire cast here is committed to the material and there is some real talent. Cook’s Robin Hood was endearing in just the right amount of rogue-we-love swagger and enough charisma that by the end of the night I was almost ready to join his crusade. Williams’ Marion sees a nice progression from clueless Paris Hilton to steadfast activist willing to give it all up to do the right thing (and for love, of course).”
And here’s the whole thing:
This is a great review and I’m glad he got the show. I agree with a few criticisms in that the script could pull in a tighter focus and not labor the points too much.
Although Robin Hood’s ideals are more socialist in nature I would argue that the play doesn’t pit capitalism against socialism with socialism coming out as the victor. A direct and objective criticism of the two is never made given that socialism doesn’t actually exist in Robin Hood’s world (it’s only and ideal that he supports). Also, it’s not capitalism that’s directly assaulted but the kind of people at the top of the chain, the ones who call the shots, that are lambasted.
The criticism of focusing on the Olympics as being stale is surprising. It only happened six months ago. It’s barely history. People make art refrencing past events all the time (the holocaust being a notable example). I’d like more details as to what is “stale”.