Hamlet in the Golden Vale
"I file out of the room in somewhat of a stupor, instantly aware that I've just experienced the most special theatrical moment of my life, something that will forever hold a cherished position in my mind, something I fully intend to leave fizzing around in my head for the foreseeable future."
"Hopkins is captivating as Unity's resident immigrant loner/angel of death."
“To say I was floored by this play is an understatement. Right after the show I sat on the long subway ride with a book in hand, but I couldn’t read any words. I was thinking about the play. ... And the incredible cast gave it life with performances that elevated a text that was already strong. Every performance was different and singling one out would be a disservice to the work they did together. The chemistry of this cast mixed with the excellent sound coordination from Joe Jung and the scenic design of Douglas Clarke creates a theatrical experience I will not forget anytime soon.”
"while Beth Ann Hopkins as distant Icelandic mortician Sunna provides an element of mystery and hard beauty to this town of silly rural Canadian accents."
"he instead finds his curt Icelandic cousin Sunna, who now runs the mortuary... At the end, when a lead character dies and is movingly cleaned by Sunna while dreamily finding a way to the next world, I found myself wondering what I was to take home from a play about such hideousness crafted with a graceful hand... I had witnessed the untold story of one of the most unlikely wars fought in North America, a war in many ways more of ideology and fear than biology, and the strength that can be found under incredible circumstances. Unity (1918) is simultaneously engaging and subtle, provocative and folksy, and most of all a fascinating story executed with charming theatricality."
"Some seem slight but are indelible, such as, in Part One, Beth Ann Hopkins as Douglas, sitting on the ground and whetting her axe while bearing a manic gleam in her eyes and hissing her lines about courage and honor...Deeper truths: Henry IV, Part One, and Part Two are full of them, and Smith Street Stage not only unearths many of them, its members plumb the depths of those truths to the fullest."