"Marin Shakespeare's Robert Currier has chosen to preserve the time and historic costuming of the original.... Darren Bridgett has the title role. Previously featured in MSCo's Complete Works of Wllm. Shkspr., Bridgett has dropped all of his comedy routines, but has retained an 'antic disposition' that is athletic, articulate, and appropriate to the role. Will Marchetti and Susan Brashear, a husband-wife team, are believable as ill-fated newlyweds Claudius and Gertrude. Thomas Lynch, doubling as both Gravedigger and Polonius, extracts warm humanity from both characters. Scott Coopwood assumes the three roles of Ghost, Player King and Fortinbras, giving each a different interpretation. Alexandra Matthew's gentle Ophelia crumbles slowly before Hamlet's destructive engine as Jason Heil's Horatio remains a steady reminder of sanity beyond Elsinore."
- Rosine Reynolds, Tiburon Ark
"Last Saturday night the torch was passed - literally and symbolically, as well as very theatrically - when the Marin Shakespeare Festival honored founders Ann and John Brebner at a banquet, followed by a torchlight procession with banners to the Forest Meadows Theatre.... The evening not only marked the 40th anniversary of the Festival, which with its earliest performances at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross became the first outdoor Shakespeare Festival in California - but was a remarkable reunion of performers and production folk from the Bay Area stages of the 60's and 70's.... Dakin Matthews reminisced that Russell Ernst was the Old Man of the company, self-proclaimed guardian of the Bard, when Matthews was first cast, little knowing that the mantle of irascibility would eventually settle on is own shoulders. At that, Ann Brebner recalled Dakin's first audition, to quizzical stares on a hot summer's day, in suit and tie with an immense complete 'Collected Plays' in tow - only to appear at the callbacks in shorts and shirtsleeves."
- Ken Bullock, Commuter Times