Merry amounts of humor

Play opens Friday in Eagle River


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The fawning Ladies gather around “the evil” Prince John in the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s production of “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” From left are, Moriah Chambers, Titus Caraway, Victoria Roach and Josephine Roach.

CINTHIA RITCHIE

It’s a play within a play, a time era within a time era, a joke within a joke.

And it’s funny.

The Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s production of Mary Lynn Dobson’s “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” mixes Monty Python type of humor with the traditional Robin Hood myth.

The result is a mad romp through an ever-changing storyline that offers up zappy one-liners that have to do with everything from Twinkies to the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

And all of the actors are teens, with a few younger ones thrown in, just to shake things up.

And that’s fine with director Bob Croley, who prefers working with young people.

“They have a lot more energy and they’re able to think outside the box,” he said.

The play offers up jokes for audience of all ages, from teens to adults to even children.

“It’s definitely light,” Croley said. “And there are some very clear comic surprises.”

One of these involves funny-looking kitchen gadgets (don’t worry, you’ll understand when you see the show).

Yet, the story isn’t mere fluff.

“There’s enough in the script that’s involved in honest storytelling that allows the audience to breathe,” Croley said.

Croley, who’s a fan of the Errol Flynn take on Robin Hood, hopes to present a comic version of that same model.

“There are a few references to modern things, and a great line about something being worse than the TSA.”

He chuckled and then yelled over to one of the actors during an evening rehearsal.

“Let’s expand that line, OK? Let’s make it worse than the TSA and the DMV and, wait let’s use Obamacare, too.”

He sat back down, still chuckling.

A moment later, the actor flawlessly delivered the new lines.

It was funny, too.

It was almost hilarious.

“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” opens Friday, Jan. 31 and runs Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at www.akfinearts.org.

 

Reach Star reporter Cinthia Ritchie at 694-2727 or cinthia.ritchie@alaskastar.com.