Geoffrey Kent appears like a walking ghost, embodying the role of Annie’s brother. This part is a real breakthrough for Kent, who’s made a whole career of playing confident, sunny, swash-buckling characters. Georgie is a sad and simple storm-cloud of a man, portrayed by Kent with substance and honesty.
…and then there’s Geoffrey Kent, almost choking on his own impotent fury as George…
With Geoffrey Kent directing, you know a production’s physical humor will be duly exploited and the dialogue intelligently rendered while emotional undertones still get their due, and that’s how it is.
As Oliver, Geoffrey Kent’s repentance seems so genuine that we never question it.
Here an emphasis on vaudevillian antics, including physical shtick reminiscent of the Marx brothers, offsets the difficulty of the philosophical exploration. Particularly in the first act, silliness eclipses the desperation and pointlessness. By the second act, when aching emptiness really kicks in, the darker, more disturbing tones take hold. -Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post
…very few share Geoffrey Kent’s mixture of intellectual curiosity and cheerful iconoclasm, his delight in fiddling with minute details while also introducing big bold moves … or his ability to sense the rhythm and poetry of a piece. -Juliet Wittman, WESTWORD
…Why did I laugh so hard, nearly all the way through? If it’s not masochism, it must be great theatre. Credit goes to Geoffrey Kent’s superb direction… -Patrick Dorn, patrickdorn.com
As the peacekeeper, Kent is especially strong in the effortless way of men who have taken beatings in the past, won more fights than lost, and now have nothing to prove. If a body needs a nudge to get back on the straight and narrow or just grow up, he’s the man to step up and do what needs doing.
Is the message that we’re better off without our gods? That a god-free universe might be less murderous, vicious and petty? I don’t think there’s a message at all. Just ninety minutes of sheer hilarity… [and] excellent pacing, courtesy of director Geoffrey Kent.
Kent’s production of the play… asked an important question about the role of women on stage and forced the audience to answer a question pertinent to our current cultural milieu—can women be funny—with a resounding, “Yes!”