Currently, Robin says he's having "a blast" directing The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan's delightful but notoriously implausible 1877 operetta.
"I'll admit there are moments when I think Pirates is stupid and laughable," Robin acknowledges. "But the key is that if audiences believe the sincerity of the characters, they will enjoy it. I took some cues from those wonderful vignettes on The Carol Burnett Show for this production. I want them to be entertained but still get them invested in the story and in the characters."
Of all his productions, Robin ranks his elaborate and emotionally stirring 1999 production of La Cage Aux Folles as the high point of his career, something matched by the enthusiastic response from Drury Lane Evergreen Park's generally conservative subscribers. He is equally ecstatic over the success of the Ovations series, which features world-class talent and a 33-piece orchestra.
But whatever he is doing, Robin's artistic philosophy never changes. "There are no such things as problems," he states reflectively, "only solutions." And then, after a pause, he adds what might be his credo: "I want audiences to be entertained, enlightened, or changed somehow so when they leave the theater, they want to come back."
One suspects that they will.