Show Reviews

Davis Shakespeare Festival Best of Sac

Romeo & Juliet, 2016 DSF:

"Let’s get right to the point. Davis Shakespeare’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” is the best staging of this classic tragedy to play these parts during the past two decades..."

"Davis Shakespeare’s production of this classic play is stylish and informed by tradition, but it still hits you in a very immediate way. This is visceral, heart-pumping theater, not a visit to a museum. And it illustrates why Davis Shakespeare has emerged as the region’s newest professional theater company."
Capital Public Radio

"This production continues the level of excellence that we have come to expect from this company."

"It’s a dream cast. Gabby Battista is a beautiful Juliet, whose face registers every emotion she feels... She’s both delicate and strong at the same time."
Davis Enterprise

Bells Are Ringing, 2016 DSF:

"But Gia Battista and Ian Hopps do make a charming couple."
Capital Public Radio

"Spicing things up are kooky supporting roles, including a dentist yearning to compose Broadway anthems (Tim Gaffaney) and a racetrack bookie pretending to run a legitimate classical record business (Kyle Stoner)."
Sac News & Review

Cyrano de Bergerac, 2016 DSF:

"It is sheer fun from first to last, and Edwards’ energy is irresistible in the title role."

"This appealing show ranks as one of the region’s best summer productions of a dramatic classic in recent years."
Capital Public Radio

"Local pro Matt Edwards gives a lively performance (with sparkling swordplay and verbal fireworks) in the title role."
Sac News & Review

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 2015 DSF:

"Veteran pro Matt K. Miller is delightful as the talkative, convivial Chairman."

"This Davis Shakespeare mounting... is the first notable local production in 25-plus years."
Sac News & Review

"With “Drood,” directed by Gia Battista, Davis Shakespeare steps up the production values across the board."

"It’s an entertaining ride, and a musical journey worth taking."
Davis Enterprise

Twelfth Night, 2015 DSF:

"Matt Edwards (as Duke Orsino), Susanna Risser (Countess Olivia) and Kristi Webb (Viola) have the vocal chops to deliver Shakespeare’s high-end comedic language in a manner that is both entertaining and understandable."

"Energetic young actor Ian Hopps’ eyes sparkle as he delivers Feste’s curiously wise nonsense lines; he also sings Feste’s songs with an engaging blend of merriment and melancholy."
Sac News & Review

"Davis Shakespeare is raising the bar for summer Shakespeare in the Sacramento region."
Capital Public Radio

She Loves Me, 2014 DSF:

"I was impressed with this show’s clever pacing, fresh performances, and the natural romantic chemistry between the two leads."

"Together, these shows make an impressive debut for the new Davis Shakespeare Festival."
Capital Public Radio

"This summer's unexpected surprise—a stylish, charming, old-fashioned love story handled sweetly by director Gia Battista."

"A well-rounded and very entertaining show."
Sac News & Review

Much Ado About Nothing, 2014 DSF:

"The cast features a mix of professional actors and conservatory-trained talent who know how to handle Shakespeare’s language."

"Together, these shows make an impressive debut for the new Davis Shakespeare Festival."
Capital Public Radio

"Stylish verbal fencing..."

"Veteran pro Matt K. Miller is delicious as the clueless constable Dogberry."
Sac News & Review

Nightingale @ SF Fringe, 2013:


“Gorgeous movement mixed with music and storytelling."

"This is one of the best shows in the festival."

"A compelling story told gracefully."

"An absolutely wonderful show. Not to be missed!"
- SF Fringe Audience Blog

“ [Nightingale’s] gentle, dreamy tone the sharp elements of social commentary and satire often seemed more brutal and impactful. Of everything I saw at the Fringe this past year, which included a number of excellent works, this piece has stayed with me the longest.”
- SF Theater Pub

As You Like It, 2013:

“Smart”; “DSE is a young and ambitious company on the rise. Its intelligent, well-planned productions keep getting better and better. This is a local outfit to watch.”
- Sac News & Review

“A first-rate production”; “Outstanding”; “The audience will find healing power through these performances”
- Davis Enterprise

Nightingale, Davis, 2013:

“A thought-provoking and imaginative piece”
- Davis Enterprise

“Spectacular”; “Beautiful and innovative”
- UC Humanities Forum

Nightingale, Ashland Workshop, 2013:

“Very creative”; “Well-imagined”; “Enjoyable”
- Oregon Shakespeare Festival Company Member

Macbeth: The Radio Play, 2012:

“This resourceful production conjures the bloody, desperate, arcane spirit of Shakespeare’s play”
- Sac News & Review

“The audience gets double its money’s worth”; “Another enjoyable evening from DSE”
- Davis Enterprise

Henry V, 2012:

“Nimble”; “Savvy use of space”; “Gutsy... delivers the goods.”
- Sac News & Review

“An amazingly talented cast”; “Ingenious”; “A real winner”
- Davis Enterprise

Relapse, 2012:

“Memorable performances”; “Beautiful and moving”
- Davis Enterprise

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2011:

“Delightful”; “Refreshing”; “Imaginative”
- Sac News & Review

“Very successful design”; “Ingenious”; “Works on so many levels”
- Davis Enterprise

Shakespeare (Abridged), 2011:

“Darkly humorous”; “Energetic”
- Davis Enterprise

Sonnet Project, 2011:

“Enchanting”; “Innovative”
- UC Davis Staff

Twelfth Night, 2011:

“Great performances”; “Joyous”; “Delightful”
- Davis Enterprise

Romeo & Juliet, 2010:

“A lusty, modern version”; “Ingenious”; “An impressive start”
- Davis Enterprise

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