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By Will Gallagher, Discover Albany

"Vaill explained that no one should feel that they need his deep background with Shakespeare to enjoy Hamlet. He adds, 'I think being exposed to it young is absolutely wonderful but I really think you can come to it at any point in your life. It’s that sort of, when it’s time, it’s time. If you’re open to it, you’ll get it. The story is there and is so clear with presentation.'
He continues to explain that seeing Shakespeare live is the best way to understand it, 'It [Shakespeare] can be taught in schools when you read it, but these plays weren’t meant to be read. They were meant to be performed, so the second you see it, all of a sudden you are let into the story.' "
By Steve Barnes,
"David Kenner, so satisfying opposite McGuire in Capital Rep’s “Red” two years ago, was an ideal choice for Hamlet. Though a sullen, brooding adolescent at first, slouching around with hands in the pockets of his all-black outfit, Kenner’s Hamlet matures quickly into a young man battling extraordinary circumstances, some of his own making. His big scene with his mother, Gertrude, expertly played by Deanna Lorette, is deeply affecting, a mother-son confrontation for the ages. Kenner’s facility with the language and his approach to Hamlet’s famous speeches are so natural that, in some cases, you don’t realize you’re hearing them until they’re underway. These are not standalone arias or beautiful Gielgudian intonings; they’re a man expressing himself, albeit with legendary eloquence, and the production is stronger for it."


By Matthew G. Moross, The Daily Gazette
"To report that David Zyla’s costumes are “smart and appropriate” is a massive understatement. They are meticulously designed to complement and underscore the character’s moods and they do so brilliantly. Add into the mix Ryan O’Gara’s wonderful lighting and Michael Roth’s incredibly effective soundscape and you have a well designed, handsome production."
By Will Gallagher, Discover Albany 
"David Kenner plays the title character with such beauty, hilarity, and conviction. He brings true humanity and a current sense of humor to one of the world’s greatest works. Hamlet can be a tricky role to navigate, making you question the actual credibility of his sanity by the end of the play. Kenner keeps you on his side, yearning for Hamlet’s justice until the final moments. Even if you know how the show ends, Kenner makes you feel fulfilled by the end of the journey."

By Christopher Clemente,

"David Kenner, originally playing opposite McGuire in Capital Rep’s Red, is a fantastic choice as the Prince of Denmark. Emotions run wild in the actor, exquisitely balancing the right amount of comedy, anguish, and charm when need to."


By Steve Coffey,
“The acting was superb, a benchmark of Capital Rep productions. Simply, there is no bad acting here. David Kenner played a superb Hamlet, moving stealthily between avenged and avenger. He evolved more and more compellingly as the performance went on. He was with good company: Jeff Williams, who played Claudius, absolutely captured his character. Deanne Lorette, the actress who played Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, was also excellent. There were no weak links in this all star cast.”
By Bill Buell,
“He’s creating a play where William Shakespeare meets ‘Downton Abbey,’ and I think that’s going to make for a visually stunning production,” said Rabine, who last performed on stage as Rev. Paris in Capital Rep’s 2007 production of “The Crucible.” “The set is a bit minimalist in ways, but from what I’ve seen of the costumes they’re going to be beautiful. And Kevin is a great director to work with. He’s an actor himself, so he’s very welcoming to people like me who like to come up and say, ‘Hey, I got an idea, can I try it this way in rehearsal.’ Kevin is very flexible. He knows actors. He knows what drives them and he knows our apprehensions. He’s not like some directors who will insist on using the concept they’ve come up with, no matter what the actors feel comfortable with.”


By Joe Donahue,
"Broadway’s Kevin McGuire directs. Kevin is the Founding Artistic Director of the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall and while there he’s directed Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as over 50 other plays and musicals."
By Bob Goepfert,
"The young girl from Saratoga Springs who had but a passing interest in theater in high school returns to her home area to have a major role in an important Shakespearian production. Besides insisting that she will make theater her career, Sterling says she has no specific road map to stardom except to continue to try out for great roles."
Finding right actor for title role was boost for ''Hamlet'' production
By Joseph Dalton,
"Ghosts, murder and suicide. Court intrigue. Youthful romance. Swordfights. There is just so much in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.' "