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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by Wm Shakespeare

role: Shylock

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

May 31 - June 16, 2013

directed by Cheryl Doyle

set design by George Hartpence

ENCHANTED APRIL by William Barber

role: director

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

April 19 - May 12, 2013

directed by George Hartpence

set design by George Hartpence

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman

role: Paul Sycamore

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

November 30 - December 16, 2012 

directed by Cat Miller and DeLarme Landes

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS by Robert Bolt

role: Sir Thomas More

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

October 26 - November 11, 2012 

directed by Cheryl Doyle

set design by George Hartpence

AS YOU LIKE IT by Wm Shakespease

role: Jaques

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

April 20 - May 13, 2012 

directed by Cheryl Doyle

set design by George Hartpence

Critical Praise for "The Merchant of Venice"

Anthony Stoeckert writes for the CentralJersey Princeton Packet TimeOff entertainment section:


SHYLOCK is probably Shakespeare’s most troublesome, and troubling character, but George Hartpence has risen to the challenge of playing the Jewish moneylender in the striking production of The Merchant of Venice being presented by Actors’ NET of Bucks County in Morrisville, Pa., through June 13.


In Mr. Hartpence’s hands, Shylock is smart, funny, vengeful, greedy and heartbreakingly human.


With Cheryl Doyle directing, the courtroom scene is one of the best in the play, though it’s troubling.  Shylock’s evilness is on full display as he demands that pound of flesh — even doubling his money doesn’t satisfy him.  … Shylock is wrong to demand his pound of flesh (though the law must take some of the blame for recognizing this bond), but after Shylock is cleverly defeated, he is forced to give up his heritage and become a Christian.  This results in the play’s most powerful moment, and a brilliant breakdown by Mr. Hartpence.  But at the same time, the scene made me squirm, because the play’s heroes, led by Antonio, pile insults and hurts on Shylock to the point where I felt like I was watching a schoolyard bullying.


Gina Vitolo-Stevens writes for Stage Magazine:


The most jarring moment of the play is the animalistic cry from Hartpence when his Shylock must surrender all that gives him life.  Portia has him remove his yarmulke and he crumples to the floor.  It’s one of the most moving few seconds to uncomfortably sit through.  It’s his surrender of soul that each person in the audience can palpably feel when you hear his muffled cry.


see both full reviews below, as well as two promotional articles for this production

Merchant of Venice_CentralJersey_review (pdf)

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MERCHANT OF VENICE_Stage Magazine review (pdf)

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MERCHANT OF VENICE_to Play Actors' NET (pdf)

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Princeton Packet_MofV_interview (pdf)

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Critical Praise for "Enchanted April"

  

Bob Brown for the Princeton Packet TimeOff entertainment section writes:

A delightful evening in an intimate setting with superb performances


Walter Bender for Stage Magazine writes:

There are times when being a reviewer can be a complete pleasure…we so often look at a play with a critical eye, seeing the blemishes in a production, and so rarely can just sit back and be entertained.  I had the exception on Saturday night, when I went to Actors’NET of Bucks County to see their production of ENCHANTED APRIL.


see the full reviews below:

'Enchanted April' _ CentralJersey.com (pdf)

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ENCHANTED APRIL_Stage Review (pdf)

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