HENRY IV, Part 2
“With Marin Shakespeare Company’s ambitious double bill of Henry IV, Part I and Part II, we are privy to the internal struggle of Prince Hal, who is confronted with the very real possibility that he may soon give up his comfortable life to take on his preordained, and seemingly unwanted role as England’s King….
As is usually the case with theatre, most of the accolades should go to the accomplishments of talented actors. Actor Grant Goodman proves this point. Playing Prince Hal, Goodman brings Shakespeare to a contemporary level for the audience….Jarion Monroe, as Henry IV, offers more of an ethereal, subtle performance. Watch for the scene between the royal father and son in Part II, shortly before Hal becomes king. It’s heartbreakingly well-crafted….
Then there’s Stephen Reynolds as Falstaff—jolly, melancholy, wise, foolish and rotund metaphorically and physically. Reynolds gives an amazing performance that showcases why these two plays are known as ‘the Falstaff plays.’”
Clayton Schuster, The Habit