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Review: The Heart of Robin Hood at the Wallis

The Heart of Robin Hood, a modern and bold new twist on the classic tale of taking from the rich and giving to the poor, is filled with aerobatic stunts, visually appealing set production that captivated the attention of everyone in the family. From the incredible vocals of Salka Sól Eyfeld guiding the scenes to tree climbing and sword fighting the night was definitely one to remember.
Dec2017-Wallis-RobinHood1Photo courtesy of the Wallis; photo by Luke Fontana

One of the most visually appealing aspects was indeed the set of Sherwood Forest and how the textures and sounds played a huge role in convincing the audience we were in the 15th century witnessing the tale.

Scenic designer Borkur Jonsson's created a vertical wall, that sat center stage with almost every character sliding into their scenes which added an extra element of both surprise and stunt work. The positions of the seats, textures of the set combined with the lighting and sound elements created such a next level realness that made everyone believe they were actually roaming the Sherwood Forest watching the entire story comedy and romance unfold from afar.

The tale follows Robin Hood (Luke Forbes) and his anti-women and anti-love man crew, Will Scarlett (Sam Meader) and Much Miller (Kasey Mahaffy), who roamed the forest preying on wealthy patrons passing through Sherwood Forest. All thievery acts were going as planned until Princess Marion (Christina Bennett Lind) fleas her kingdom to escape from marrying the evil and sexist Prince John and shows up wanting to join them. As Princess Marion sets out on her own mission with sidekick Pierre (a scene-stealing Daniel Franzese), to find Robin Hood in hopes she'll be able to join his crew and start "charity work." Things don't go quite as planned. Robin along with his crew run Princess Marion and Pierre out the forest robbed of her jewels and invitation to be apart of Robin's crew. But determined not be accept rejection she returns as forest thief Martin and is able to befriend Robin and begins stealing from passing nobles.
Dec2017-Wallis-RobinHood2Photo courtesy of the Wallis; photo by Luke Fontana

During the forest heist Prince John sends his men to find Princess Marion and return her to the kingdom, this is where most of the fight scenes, acrobats and comedy take place. The story unfolds to Robin Hood and crew being confronted by the Princes' men, Martin being captured and the entire crew plotting to overtake the kingdom in order to insure his return. The various turns, storylines and set design are beyond captivating and stimulate any need for excitement and thrill.

The Heart of Robin Hood runs through December 17, 2017 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Single tickets are now available for $35 – $125. Show times: Tues – Fri at 7:30pm; Sat & Sun at 2pm & 2:30pm; Recommended for adults of all ages and brave children. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 310.746.4000, or visit TheWallis.org/RobinHood