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   Features  >  NY Theater Reviews

 
THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM
at Laura Pels Theatre

HIDDEN IDENTITIES
By SANDY MACDONALD

  Steven Pasquale and company/ Ph: Joan Marcus

Little wonder that this tongue-in-cheek, bluegrass-tinged folk legend – which Alfred Uhry extrapolated from a Eudora Welty short story – garnered plentiful encomia during its Broadway forays in the mid-70s. Suffused with hippie snark, this tale of a Robin Hood-style thief (gentleman by day, marauder by night) embodies the Establishment-tweaking spirit of the times.

The anti-morality tale finds a perfect match in director Alex Timbers, who again, as in Peter and the Starcatcher, takes delight in presenting patently fake stage effects. His penchant for silly, transparent artifice adds a layer of smart, sardonic commentary.

Steven Pasquale makes a dashing Jamie Lockhart, a supposedly upstanding citizen with the heart of a rebel. Lockhart’s fervent preference, in his robber guise, for “Love Stolen” could serve as anthem for “bad boys” through the ages. No fan of domestic bliss, he has no intention of letting his latest conquest, the lovely Rosamund (Ahna O’Reilly), settle into his hidden lair.

Rosamund has a second identity as well. No mere nymph of the woods, she’s the coddled heir of a rich planter (Lance Roberts), who plots to marry her off to the daytime Lockhart.

No fairytale is complete without a wicked stepmother, and Leslie Kritzer is a doozy as the ironically named Salome, a “scrawny buzzard” given to murderous scheming and outrageous romantic maneuvering. While Rosamund acts like a cretin to fend off Lockhart’s likely proposal (her heart belongs to his alter ego), Salome – thinking to upgrade – puts the moves on with abandon.

Kritzer is one of our most gifted comedians, with outsize vocal gifts. Not every role gives her free rein to display them, but here she’s free to soar hilariously over the top.

 


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