What the Critics Said
"Ron Krempetz' [sic] skeletal set is painted with soldiers in modern uniforms. Both Rosey Bock's spectacular costumes and Denise Kirshner's [sic] military props are a plausible mix of ancient and contemporary military accoutrements.. .Ian Bedford - whose voice and stature easily take command of the stage - is most convincing in this demanding role...A round of applause to all."
- Roberta Floden, Marin I.J.
“Actor Ian Bedford creates an attractive, warm, and sympathetic young man who becomes the glorious king of Shakespeare's imagining. Bedford, like Henry, grows in his role, and by the second act takes control of the play. He is supported by a host of good actors...Jack Halton is as religiously right as the Bishop of Ely as he is common and coarse as Bardolph; while Ian Swift as the stately Archbishop of Canterbury moves across the channel to become King of France.
Lucas McClure is over the top as the vainglorious Dauphin, but then his character is a Frenchman written by an Englishman. Ken Rowland is strong...Marie Shell makes you wish her Mistress Quickly had more time with her raunchy barroom brothers. One character, Peter Schmuckal as Pistol, does get his share of comic moments as a boasting, cowardly lion of a soldier. His running battle with Welsh Captain Fluellan (Jeff Elam) lightens the battle scenes. Alexandra Kuntzsch and Anne Ripley, as the French princess and her attendant, make gentle comedy out of linguistic errors. And Matt Henerson, as The Chorus, keeps the audience on the scene with his clear, somewhat cynical, look at kings and commoners.”
- Lee Brady, Pacific Sun
“You'll be carried away by Shakespeare's Henry V... Henry V, directed by James Dunn on the Forest Meadows stage at Dominican College, is extraordinary theater....The play is Shakespeare at his best, as is the cast for this production....The performance of this play was so enchanting that instead of paying attention to its subtle nuances as critics should do, I found myself watching, feeling, attending every moment of the performance without taking notes....Don't miss it!”
- Bess Davoren, Tiburon Ark
“Marin Shakespeare Company has made Henry V the centerpiece of its 10th season, and they've chosen just the actor to do it. Stoic to the point of ice (even in his most inspiring moments) throughout the first two thirds of the play, Ian Bedford (is that a star's name or what?) turns into the ultimate man of peace after wooing the French princess with more charm than any one man should be allowed to display, particularly after beating the French while outnumbered 10 to one....The cast is made up of some of the best and most familiar actors in Marin.”
- Chrisanne Beckner, Commuter Times
“Henry V...appears seemingly for the first time and so for all time in this production....The tension and pace of James Dunn's directing and the heat and intensity of lead actor Ian Bedford galvanize the play with a palpable force.”
- Julia Hawkins, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle