The Winter's Tale Reviews
Washington Post- Highly Recommended
"...For an exemplary portrait of inchoate jealousy, consider the work of Hadi Tabbal in director Tamilla Woodard’s outstanding production of “The Winter’s Tale” at Folger Theatre. Getting right the delusional paranoia of Sicilian King Leontes, who lodges unfounded accusations of infidelity against his wife, Hermione (Antoinette Crowe-Legacy), and best friend, Polixenes (Drew Kopas), is one of the most challenging tasks this tragicomic Shakespearean romance poses."
"...Celebration resounds throughout Tamilla Woodard’s spry, modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Of course, though proceedings commence with a birthday fête for a prince and close with an engagement party, the mood swings wildly in between, from exultation to fury to utter despondency and back again."
Washington City Paper- Recommended
"...The play ends with a grand miracle, and this production stages the big reveal as another moment of healing, grace, and gratitude. While the play also acknowledges that there are great losses that have occurred because of pettiness and hatred—it is a divine comedy about the series of small miracles that love, family, and time can overcome. After so long outside of the Folger Theatre, it also feels a fitting small miracle for this season opener."
Washington Informer- Highly Recommended
"...“A Winter’s Tale” is brought to the stage in a contemporary setting, retaining Shakespeare’s words. Don’t shy away from seeing this play for fear of being unable to keep up with the dialogue. Outstanding acting brings you in and keeps you engaged in the storyline."
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended
"...Needless to say, those characters still alive at the play’s end are happy. There are many unanswered questions. Why does Paulina leave the infant Perdita with the apparently crazy Leontes? Why does Hermoine return to life but not Mamillius? Why does Paulina seem to recover from the “death” of Hermione so quickly? “What’s past is past,” she says. Is the Hermione-turned-to-marble-statue an act of God or a ruse? Problem play, indeed, but fun!"