By Steve Barnes, timesunion.com
"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."