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REVIEWS: Red Velvet at STNJ

David recently closed his successful and critically applauded run of “Red Velvet” at Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey in September 2016. Here’s what local critics had to say about the regional premiere of this immediately relevant and important piece:

Patrick Maley, NJ.com (Sept 15, 2016)
‘Red Velvet’ at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is a gripping history lesson

But the proceedings get considerably more interesting in the play’s latter half, particularly because we come to understand Aldridge as a complex, nuanced person. One long debate between Laporte and Aldridge results in a blockbuster scene. The director is pulled between his duty to the theater’s trustees and his loyalty to his friend, while the actor angrily defends his dignity and artistic achievements. Director Monte wisely clears the stage and lets her two actors have at it. Smiling and Foubert boil over as they jab at each other while defending themselves, but their stirring performances make vivid that this is less a personal argument than it is deeply entrenched in layers of social, aesthetic, and historical struggle.

Richard Carter, BlastingNews.com (Sept 22, 2016)
“Seething must-see racial drama—Lolita Chakrabarti’s ‘Red Velvet’ at Shakespeare Theatre”

Managing the unmanageable: David Foubert, as company manager Pierre Laporte, and Lindsay Smiling are electrifying in the play’s most gut-wrenching scene, when Pierre and Ira’s long-standing friendship totally ruptures. In explosive, high-decibel, hurricane-force exchanges, their raw dialogue is frightening, disturbing. When thrown to the floor and about to be struck by Ira, his line “This is who you truly are!”, is psychologically shattering. Mr. Smiling perfectly conveys its nearly catatonic effects throughout the lengthy final scene change.

Philip Dorian, SceneOnStage.com (September 11, 2016)

David Foubert’s portrayal of the well-intentioned Covent Garden manager is a sympathetic one, even as he succumbs to racial, social and financial pressure. … It is hardly a cheery ending, but as directed by Bonnie J. Monte into a seamless blend of actorly behavior, 19th Century racial attitudes (disturbingly familiar, need one say), and a smattering of Shakespeare, Red Velvet is a satisfying, immersive experience.

Simon Saltzman, CurtainUp.com

The French theater manager Pierre Laorte (David Foubert) robustly defends and stands by his provocative decision to have Aldridge replace Kean but only supporting actor Henry (Garrett Lawson) can attest to having seen Aldridge actually perform. … This largely character-driven play gives time for the actors in the company to express their dismay, as does the hugely disappointed Pierre who was forced to replace Aldridge after the reviews were published. … Enthusiastic word of mouth should help keep the theater filled for the duration of its run.

BWW: ACT’s Christmas Carol “Alive with Magic”

Congratulations to the cast of ACT’s 2014 production of A Christmas Carol! Early performances have been a hit, and BroadwayWorld.com has weighed in with a very positive review (Dec 1, 2014):

ACT and Director John Langs completely nailed it again and then some. I saw the production last year of ACT’s Seattle tradition of “A Christmas Carol” and found myself struck by how well they conveyed this classic tale. And as much as I enjoyed it last year there was something even more magical and special in the air for this year’s production (or they spiked my eggnog) as I completely found myself swept away by this incredible show and, yes, crying my eyes out.

The show has always been a winner in the hands of ACT and is even more so in the hands of Langs and this cast and crew. It’s truly something special and we should be grateful we have it here with us.

David Foubert, playing the infamous Marley amongst other characters, also received positive mention:

The cast is superb… The three ghosts who speak (Christmas future never has too much to say) each managed to bring stunning elements. David Foubert as Marley was totally creepy and laser focused.

David and the cast of A Christmas Carol can be seen through December 28, 2014.

 

Broadway World Review: “Henry VIII at STNJ is Outstanding Theatre”

BroadwayWorld.com loved the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII:

“The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) continues their triumphant season with one of the Shakespeare’s rarely produced masterpieces, Henry VIII now onstage through November 9th. Tell a friend to tell a friend…. The staging and pacing of this epic play is absolutely flawless.”

With regard to David’s performance in the title role, BWW was equally glowing:

“The cast is ideally suited to their roles. David Foubert masters his role as a very robust, yet charming Henry. While Foubert succeeds at portraying this commanding character, he brings a real sense of humanity to the role. His contemplative disposition is particularly evident when he hears the pleadings of Catherine played by Jessica Wortham.”

Read the full review from Marina Kennedy at BroadwayWorld.com (October 27, 2014)

New York Times Review: “Pageantry and Sizzling Romance in ‘Henry VIII’”

David’s current work at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (as King Henry VIII) received a great mention from Michael Sommers in the New York Times (October 24 print edition):

…”The actors portray their characters with conviction and vigor. An always confident, at times surly Henry, David Foubert plays the king as a handsome though mercurial devil who passionately believes in whatever he is thinking at the moment.”

Click here to read the full review. ‘Henry VIII’ closes November 9, 2014.

Star-Ledger Review of “Henry VIII”

The Star-Ledger has weighed in on David’s performance in Henry VIII at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and found it “commanding”…

Ronnie Reich, The Star-Ledger (October 23, 2014)

David Foubert gives a commanding, layered performance in the title role. His Henry first appears loud and brash, as though he might be more at home in a tavern than at the court. He is volatile, and quick to anger, yet at key moments he is also mesmerizingly still and stately.

When he claims he is tormented by conscience about his marriage to Queen Katherine – his late brother’s wife – his anguish, if not necessarily the reasoning, is believable. As he considers the possibility that he may not produce a male heir, he comes across slightly unhinged in a way that foreshadows his tumultuous future.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for their fantastic work. Henry VIII runs through November 9th.

King Henry VIII (David Foubert)  and Queen Katherine (Jessica Wortham) in "Henry VIII". Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

King Henry VIII (David Foubert) and Queen Katherine (Jessica Wortham) in “Henry VIII”. Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Early Reviews for David in “Henry VIII”

Last week marked the opening weekend for the rarely-produced “Henry VIII” at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (directed by Paul Mullins), where David Foubert plays the title role of the infamous King Henry VIII.

Some of the early buzz:

Simon Saltzmann, CurtainUp New Jersey (October 20, 2014)

“I am obliged to add: If the current Shakespeare Theatre production of Henry VIII doesn’t end up on your must see list then you are likely going to miss one of the highlights of the New Jersey theatre season.

…The costumes may be [an] eye-filling treat, but I suspect you will be keeping a close watch on the hedonistic, irrational King Henry, as played with a devilish glint in his roving eye by the excellent David Foubert.

Richard Carter, Examiner.com (October 19, 2014)

[5 stars] “This incandescent production places “Henry VIII” squarely on the map where it belongs. …As Henry, the venerable David Foubert turned in a commanding performance.

Rick Busciglio, New Jersey Footlights (October 21, 2014)

The play is presented in STNJ’s always impressive epic style, with sterling casting… The cast, consisting of mostly STNJ veterans, is excellent, with the three leads each having a star turn. David Foubert impresses as the powerful monarch, blind to much of the court intrigue and outright political treachery.

Cardinal Wolsey (Philip Goodwin) and King Henry VIII (David Foubert) in "Henry VIII". Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Cardinal Wolsey (Philip Goodwin) and King Henry VIII (David Foubert) in “Henry VIII”. Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Reviews for David and “An Evening of One Acts”

Jessica Skerritt and David Foubert in "Patter for the Floating Lady" at ACT

Jessica Skerritt and David Foubert in “Patter for the Floating Lady” at ACT

David’s debut at Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theater) was a smashing success! The three-play roster made critics laugh, but also spurred a significant amount of discussion and thought. David’s turns as “The Magician” in Steve Martin’s Patter for the Floating Lady and “Cisco” in Sam Shepard’s The Unseen Hand were very well-received. David had a wonderful time and looks forward to returning to ACT in November!

Some highlights from Seattle media from reviews for “An Evening of One Acts”:

Dusty Somers, The Seattle Times (July 26, 2014):

“Foubert nails the Martin-esque oblivious puffery while Skerritt is perfect as his peeved foil.” [in Patter for the Floating Lady]

“Willie is seeking help to free his enslaved people, and he resurrects Blue’s brothers, Cisco and Sycamore (a rip-roaring David Foubert and a perpetually irritated Chris Ensweiler) to contribute to the freedom fighting.” [in The Unseen Hand

Danielle Palmer-Friedman, The Daily (July 30, 2014):

“David Foubert, who plays The Magician, provides the proper amount of quirk to his role, simultaneously impersonating and reinventing this embodiment of Martin.” [in Patter for the Floating Lady]

Jeffery Totey, The Examiner (July 30, 2014):

“All of the actors involved (Jessica Skerritt, Eric Ray Anderson, Quinn Armstrong, Chris Ensweiler, David Foubert and Hana Lass) are all excellent in their roles and go for broke during their performances.”

Jay Irwin, BroadwayWorld.com (July 27, 2014):

“All three actors have a complete grasp on the comedic timing of the piece but also that quirky Martin style of talking about one thing but conveying something completely different. And it’s this one that completely worked for me and get’s a YAY from me with my three letter rating system.” [in Patter for the Floating Lady]

Margaret Friedman, Seattle Weekly (July 29, 2014):

“A confident cast, savvy direction by R. Hamilton Wright, and superior staging and effects boost this comely production beyond the generically titled sum of its parts.”

Reviews for David and “Richard II”

David Foubert as Henry Bolingbroke and George Mount as Richard II in Seattle Shakespeare Company's production of "Richard II". Photo credit John Ulman.

David Foubert as Henry Bolingbroke and George Mount as Richard in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of “Richard II”. Photo credit John Ulman.

The reviews are in for the current run of “Richard II” at Seattle Shakespeare Company, featuring David Foubert as Henry Bolingbroke. Critics of all ages are responding to this powerful production and David’s work. Some highlights:

Mischa Berson, Seattle Times (Jan 17, 2014):

“But overall, the acting is, on its own terms, impeccable — with impressive work too from excellent David Foubert as Bolingbroke.”

Drama in the Hood (Jan 12, 2014):

“Seattle’s Shakespeare Company has put together a stellar production that does everything right… David Foubert makes his Seattle Shakespeare Company debut as Bolingbroke and skillfully plays out the character’s arc as he moves from exile to the most powerful man in England.”

Rachel Gallagher, City Arts Magazine (Jan 13, 2014):

“…The cast is strong… There often isn’t an easy path to answer all the questions that arise, but a well-acted, emotionally moving production always helps lead the way.”

Bethany Boyd, Teen Tix (Jan 14, 2014):

“…Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II is one of the most moving Shakespearean plays I’ve ever seen.”

Jay Irwin, BroadwayWorld.com (January 12, 2014):

“Foubert manages a quite engaging future king and gives a wonderful arc with his character.”

The show continues through Feb. 2nd in Seattle. For tickets, visit http://seattleshakespeare.org