Argonaut Reviews Henry V at PRT

Venice’s Pacific Resident Theatre has a hit on its hands with a minimalist take on “Henry V” By Michael Aushenker Guillermo Cienfuegos’ minimalist, unconventional staging of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” at Venice’s Pacific Resident Theatre has become a runaway hit in L.A.’s theater circle since its Feb. 22 opening, earning rave reviews and playing to packed houses that have extended the play’s initial two-month run through July 20. “For 27 years, has been Read More

Henry V – Five Stars By Suzy Williams

Count on Pacific Resident Theatre to offer consistently outstanding entertainment. PRT’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V is in line with that, and then some. There is no set. There is no fourth wall, and where it’s not isn’t where you’d expect. The props are minimal and recycled for different imaginary purposes. The blocking provides ships, walls, and cathedral doors. Kudos upon kudos to director Guillermo Cienfuegos for this brilliant overview, Read More

Arts in LA: Henry V Reviewed by Neal Weaver

Henry V Pacific Resident Theatre Reviewed by Neal Weaver Carole Weyers and Joe McGovern Photo by Erika Boxler Shakespeare spread the story of King Henry V over four plays. We first hear of him, but don’t see him, in Richard II, as Prince Hal, the wastrel prodigal son of King Henry IV. In Henry IV, Part 1, we see Prince Hal’s adventures among the London lowlife and his friendship with the fat rogue Sir John Read More

O for a Muse of Venice by KCRW

Listen To The Interview Here O for a Muse of Venice TUE MAY 13, 2014 Host: Anthony Byrnes This is Anthony Byrnes Opening the Curtain on LA Theater for KCRW. Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth has one of the great prologues - and to my mind a shout-out for the power of minimalist theater. It begins: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to Read More

Henry V at Pacific Resident Theatre Is Bare-Bones but Delightful (GO!)

Courtship follows warfare when Henry (Joe McGovern) woos French princess Katherine (Carole Weyers) in Pacific Resident Theatre's Henry V. Adapted and directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, Pacific Resident Theatre's reboot of Henry V strips Shakespeare's romanticized spectacle of war down to its bare essentials. Staged in a railroad-wide theater, the opening unfolds disconcertingly like a rehearsal, with actors lounging about, joking, stretching, reviewing lines - until the script comes out and the prologue Read More

Henry 5 Stripped-down Shakespeare as blunt and plainspoken as King Harry himself.

The Hollywood Reporter Henry V: Theater Review 6:21 PM PDT 3/28/2014 by Myron Meisel Stripped-down ShakespeareHenry V: Theater Review 6:21 PM PDT 3/28/2014 by Myron Meisel The Bottom Line Stripped-down Shakespeare as blunt and plainspoken as King Harry himself. Venue Pacific Resident Theatre, Venice (runs through Apr. 20) Playwright William Shakespeare, adapted by Guillermo Cienfuegos and Joe McGovern Director Guillermo Cienfuegos Stripped-down Shakespeare is staged in Venice. Forget the spectacle of the movie versions of Henry V by Laurence Olivier or Kenneth Branagh (each Read More

Los Angeles Times – Forceful Henry V

Review: A spare yet forceful 'Henry V' at Pacific Resident Theatre By Margaret Gray March 6, 2014, 2:00 p.m. The Pacific Resident Theatre’s new production of Shakespeare's “Henry V," directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, is about as spare and unvarnished as the theater gets. The set consists of a few folding chairs in the blackest, boxiest of conceivable black-box stages. There’s one prop: a tinny-looking crown. The 11-member cast, onstage the entire time and slipping Read More

Pacific Resident Theatre Rekindles Music Of Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse

Monday, 10 Feb 2014, 9:19:00 AM Kathy Leonardo In this reality TV driven world, Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse may not be household names but in the Broadway theatre community, they are legends. In addition to writing the musicals "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" and "The Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd" in the 1960's, Newley/Bricusse also wrote the music of the 1971 Oscar nominated movie "Willy Wonka Read More

Anthony Newley Hits Venice

Anthony Newley Hits Venice

By Suzy Williams

Run, don’t walk to The Pacific Resident Theatre on Venice between Shell and Oakwood, to see one of the most charming, heart-warming musical evenings you’ve experienced. This compact, brilliant little revue with no intermission has 26 fantastic songs that flow together with a wee plot that ties it tidily. For even though Anthony Newley is no

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StageSceneLA Review

THE INDIANS ARE COMING TO DINNER WOW Imagine what might happen if you crossed a screwball comedy clan like the one George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart created in You Can’t Take It With You with the Greekly tragic family Arthur Miller wrote about in Death Of A Salesman. What you’d end up with would doubtless be something quite like Jennifer W. Rowland’s highly original and thoroughly entertaining tragicomedy The Indians Are Read More