Archive for October 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

Interview with David on BroadwayWorld.com

BroadwayWorld.com took a moment to interview David in the days leading up to his turn as King Henry VIII at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey!

Foubert spoke about returning this season to STNJ. “It is a great joy to be back. STNJ is my first home for theater and my second home for life. I received my equity card here and acted with Paul Mullins on The Three Sisters. I am so pleased to be able to work with him as a director. Paul spent the first week of rehearsal team building with the cast and creating a common language to move us forward. There is no real lead in Henry VIII, so that the very talented members of the cast each have a great presence in the performance. STNJ is a great atmosphere and Bonnie Monte knows exactly how theater should be done.”

Click here for the complete article, which also covers a bit of David’s career journey.

Henry VIII runs at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (in Madison, NJ) from October 15 – November 9.

Interview with David in the “Daily Record”

The press leading up to David’s turn as the titular Henry VIII in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has begun! Here’s an interview with David at the Daily Record about David’s take on the character and preparations for the show:

Instead, the conflict in Shakespeare’s play arises from Henry’s love for Katherine, who is frustrated by the fact that she is not able to give him a male heir.

At the same time, Henry is drawn to Anne. “That conflict is something that we don’t see from Henry in ‘A Man for All Seasons,’ ” says Foubert. “In this play, Henry wears his emotions on his sleeve. He’s very stubborn, until he gets a new idea in his head.”

“I think this is a play that will raise discussions,” Foubert says. “Was what Henry did truly for the best for his country, or did he do it for himself? Who has the right to make those decisions?”

Click here for the full article.

Henry VIII opens next Saturday, October 18th and runs through November 9th.