Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa on April 30, 1982 · 39
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Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa · 39

Davenport, Iowa
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Friday, April 30, 1982
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f i . ilsi i mi ffiv i f iiii 1 1 f i , f -f f r- r- IT . - ' M Foky fun with Reynard By Jim Arpy of the Times There is a bit of the sly rascal in each of us. That's the underlying message in a fey bit of foolery, "Reynard the Fox," which the Circa '21 Resident Children's Theater Company will present through May 28. Productions are given at Friday and Saturday matinees, Sunday brunches and Tuesday evenings. Rousing response from young audiences to the antics of Reynard and his forest colleagues would seem to guarantee the success of Circa's second "just for kids" show, a 16th century play written for a , ... troupe of strolling players. . Almost every denizen of the forest has some grievance against the wily Reynard, who enjoys pitting his wits against theirs, even though it's an uneven contest But when he leads them, one by one, into some unfortunate escapade, he can count on their own greed to contribute to their down- ' falls. Noble the Lion, king of the beasts, realizes this when he is called upon to judge Reynard for his crimes. Those who have suffered at his hands or paws -are adjudged as guilty as he, and the punishment they pronounce upon him shall be their own punishment. Naturally, Reynard's accusers opt to forget and forgive. However, the king gives him a year's probation. He will be forgiven 24 offenses A review m during that period, but if he commits just one more he'll hang. Reynard, like any criminal before the bar, swears eternal goodness, but the king is hardly out of sight . before the fox is plotting mischief again. - Scott Smith performs the Reynard role with great charm and makes him, despite his sneaky ways, a lovable character. There are several other outstanding performances. Darryl Maximilian Robinson is hilarious as the king, and his sense of timing and stage presence are superb. Michael Haws, as Tie-celin, the Crow, bugle-blowing, peckily pompous registrar to the king, could be a show all by himself. He's a snitch, a cry-baby, and he has a bird's movements down pat. He does everything but lay an egg. Peter Soderberg is The Rev. Epinard, a hedgehog with a deep-south accent He's a bit of a rogue, too, when he's not dozing off, as hedgehogs are wont to do. Rebecca J. Becker turns in a well-honed performance as the sharp-tongued, vindictive Ysengrin, the Wolf, who wont be satisfied until Reynard is hanging high or run through with her sword. Michael Jones is Brun, the Bear, a grumpy sort who finds Reynard's presence as pleasant as a plague and plots, as best his feeble brain will let him, to destroy him. Reynard's only forest friend is the roly-poly Lendore, the Marmot portrayed with verve and appealing femininity by Lora Adams. She saves him from the gallows by a clever ruse. Like-most rogues, Reynard is constantly professing his innocence, even as his list of bad deeds adds up in the book Tiecelin, the Crow, is keeping with evident pleasure. There's a funny sequence involving the theft recovery, and theft of a piece of Camembert cheese. Reynard outwits his enemies when they try to set him up for a phony sword fight, and saves the king from a coup to embarrass and overthrow him. It's every animal for himself until they are united by a common danger . the coming of man, the hunter. Then it is Reynard, whom they consider the least among them, who saves the day, but even when he seems to be dying a hero's death, his enemies won't forgive the fox, whom the king calls "the only honest rogue in the forest" They heap scorn on his "lifeless" body, but tricky Reynard has the last laugh. He's still alive and has tricked them once again. 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