“Stick it to those who are trying to stick it to us,” is the uptake of this modern day Robin Hood treatment. “Us” meaning the downtrodden, the destitute, the schnooks, the former PTL members – name your need and some bozo in green tights will get there faster than a speeding arrow.
Perhaps there’s some subtle humor intended, but casting Rick Save who has appeared in, let’s say, slightly more macho roles, leaves a trifle bit to be desired. Savage looks like his tights are choking his crotch as he plays a wimp-by-day, crimefighter-by-day man on a mission. Savage has scored with better material, but methinks Mike Horner, who specializes in these off-center portrayals, wouldn’t fare much better with the downtrodden material.
Essentially, we have Savage as Ernie, a terminal wimp but sensitive, caring and understanding in the Alan Alda mode. Ernie works for a public charity and has the private hots for winsome Marion (Brittany Morgan), a co-worker. He can’t work up the nerve to let out his secret. All the while, Ernie’s boss, the sniveling, slimey Mr. Nottingham (Buck O. Rogers) is planning to abscond with the agency’s funs along with the agency bimbo, Miss Collins (Jessica Wylde). Given the opportunity of a masquerade party, Ernie dons a new character and a swashbuckling personality. Marion likes what she sees. Be it all, Ernie saves the agency money, gets the girl and even cracks jokes. The jokes aren’t funny. Trixie (Bionca) dressed as a hooker at the fete, tries her hand with some of the comedy material. Same result.
The production lacks verve, and the pacing staggers. I have this strange feeling that everyone in the cast is getting their lines fed to them on a seven-second delay hookup to Ted Koppel. What could have been broad farce here is like watching Al Campanis field questions.