Press

Elizabeth Rex

(Illinois Shakespeare Festival)

[Prentice] is an actor of immense versatility and presence. — Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee.com

The charismatic Christopher Prentice has no such problem in presenting a Ned who can be brilliant and seemingly fearless in reading and exposing others — including Elizabeth herself — while also proving vulnerable, angry and scared, as Ned avoids what he’s lost in the past and what awaits him in the near future. — Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Measure for Measure

(Stratford Festival)

a lot of fine performances … Christopher Prentice moves us as the doomed ClaudioToronto Star

a fine Christopher PrenticeThe Globe and Mail

Christopher Prentice expresses Claudio’s fear and resignation with haunting perfection —The Bard and the Boards

Christopher Prentice movingly conveys the agony of a young man who feels so defeated by injustice he can scarcely believe in hope. —Stage Door

This is a top-level production of a great play … The cast looks to be hand-picked … Newcomer Christopher Prentice is rather touching as Claudio. —Artes Magazine

Henry V

There is much to admire. Tom Rooney is terrific as Pistol and so is Randy Hughson as Bardolph. Christopher Prentice as a nicely dim Nim rounds out this trio of mostly unlovable rogues & Sophia Walker is sweetly determined to be good as their Boy. With Lucy Peacock as Pistol’s wife, they form a court of misrule & slyness . . . just like the younger actors in the glam roles in the official courts. Time & again the Pistol-Bardolph crew’s darkly funny scenes are an immediate satirical response to Henry’s.James’ Brand New Blog (London Free Press)

The Merry Wives of Windsor

(Stratford Shakespeare Festival)

Christopher Prentice is brilliantly funny playing it straight as Anne’s barely willing suitor Slender; he has great command of the text and mastery of every malapropism … Malpropism-prone Slender gains most of our sympathy here thanks to a fantastically funny performance by Prentice, who has apparently been at the festival for three seasons but was hitherto unnoticed by me. He mangles the English language masterfully; his anxious ambivalence about marriage – and everything else – is a treat. —J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

…the lad being played charmingly if with almost too much restraint by Christopher Prentice —Robert Cushman, National Post

…one of the best performances of the night from Christopher Prentice as Master Slender. Prentice’s shaky anti-suitor stole every scene. Prentice is the textbook example of taking a small role and doing something big. —Laura Cudworth, The Beacon Herald

Christopher Prentice renders an ideal dolt —James Wegg Review

Christopher Prentice as the bumbling and hopelessly clueless Master Slender gives us genuine delight with his repertoire of facial contortions that punctuate each word he speaks. —James Strecker

Christopher Prentice and James Blendick are hilarious as the idiotic Master Slender and his long-suffering uncle, Justice Shallow. —Kelly Monaghan, Intrepid Travelogue

The Winter’s Tale

(Stratford Shakespeare Festival)

The whole cast, in fact, are good, top to bottom. —Richard Ozounian, Toronto Star

Strong acting belies bare-bones production … The Winter’s Tale is a rich tragicomedy that requires a cast of range and depth. It’s a tribute to the festival that it has assembled the talent to meet the demands of such a play. … The production’s greatest strength is its strong ensemble acting, which is as it should be. —Robert Reid, Kitchener Record more»

fulfilled to the ultimate degree by the artistry of Director Marti Maraden and the Festival’s richly talented company. —Alex Suczek, State of the Arts (Grosse Point News)

Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet

(Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

…a bright spot, along with Christopher Prentice’s wily Mercutio — Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune more»

Robin Hood

(Oak Park Festival Theatre)

Credit rests with Christopher Prentice whose agile, uncontrived performance as the gallant outlaw reflects a striking command of Shakespeare’s language — Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

Hamlet

(Signal Ensemble Theatre)

In ‘Hamlet,’ the name of the game is play and prey. And in its version of Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy, Signal Ensemble Theatre plays it straight with a masterful production – faithful to text and tone – marked by a bravura performance by Christopher Prentice in the title role… Much of the credit goes to the charismatic Prentice. Confident and credible, Prentice has a keen sense of pacing, which he uses to excellent effect in the soliloquies. It is also evident in the crescendo that accompanies Hamlet’s condemnation of Guildenstern’s attempts to manipulate him. His is a classic Hamlet: contemplative, visceral, arrogant, impatient and bit manic. Feigning madness in order to trap his murderous uncle and avenge his father, Hamlet insists ‘I am not in madness, but mad in craft.’ And yet, unrest underscores Prentice’s performance, suggesting that grief over his beloved father’s untimely death and his mother’s sudden remarriage may have unhinged him in ways he doesn’t realize. — Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

Prentice’s sweet prince is hot-tempered and unusually wry —Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago more»

Christopher Prentice is amazingly effective as the Danish Prince playing him with confidence and an acute and glib understanding of the complexity that Shakespeare wrote into the character. Prentice demonstrates his mastery of one of the toughest roles in theatre. His Hamlet is a true tour de force as he deftly moves Hamlet in and out of apparent insanity as he plots revenge on his uncle. Prentice has, indeed, put his mark on Hamlet that we’ll not soon forget. —Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

And when Hamlet rejects Ophelia, his visible pain at having to carry out his cruel charade is enough to break our hearts. —Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

an electrifying title role performance by Christopher Prentice—Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times (Critics’ Pick, May 16, 2007) more»

The Zoo Story

(Signal Ensemble Theatre)

Signal Ensemble earns praise for clean direction and strong acting, especially from Christopher Prentice, impressive as the troubled Jerry … Prentice (who turned in a chilling performance earlier this summer as the ruthless Sebastian in First Folio Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’) effortlessly delivers Albee’s dense, vivid dialogue. He conveys Jerry’s alienation and loneliness with detached sadness and tired resolve. A long, well-paced monologue about Jerry’s love-hate relationship with his landlady’s dog defines his engrossing, cliché-free performance nicely underscored by paranoia and longing. — Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

But this is Prentice’s showcase. He moves and talks with the intensity of a shock treatment, keeping a precarious [balance] on a razor-wire of ramblings about the grotesqueries of life. — Catey Sullivan, Windy City Times more»

Christopher Prentice, as Jerry, was magnificent as the story-telling poor loser who recounts his trip to the zoo, his life in a four story walkup and his encounters with the landlady’s dog. Prentice delivers one of the finest, most engagingly hypnotic performances seen on a Chicago stage this year. The difficult long speeches and monologues test the metal of any actor yet Prentice is so natural and expressive that he becomes down right scary as the crazy vagrant. Prentice adds physical movements and facial gestures to effective convey Jerry’s rage. — Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

The Tempest

(First Folio Shakespeare Festival)

…the king’s ambitious brother Sebastian (played with icy restraint by Christopher Prentice) —Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

It’s some of the smaller villains—Christopher Prentice’s lean-and-hungry Sebastian chief among them—who stand out here. —Catey Sullivan, Windy City Times more»

This may be one of the few productions I have seen where the treacherous siblings Antonio and Sebastian really stand out among the King’s entourage, thanks to the polished and duplicitous portrayals of Michael F. Goldberg and Christopher Prentice, respectively. —Joe Stead, Steadstyle Chicago

There is some exceptional talent compiled on the stage, with outstanding performances by Ronald Keaton as Stephono, Christopher Prentice as Sebastian, Phil Timberlake as Caliban and Elana Ernst as Miranda. —Venus Zarris, Gay Chicago

Hamlet

(The Velvet Willies)

Christopher Prentice, in the title role, has a face and a deft command of classical rhetoric destined for recognition beyond the storefront circuit. Why not see him now instead? —Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times (Critics’ Pick, Aug. 3, 2005) more»

Prentice makes a sturdy titular prince —Christopher Piatt, Time Out Chicago

Christopher Prentice gave a marvelous performance as the Prince of Denmark. Prentice’s Hamlet was wonderful. (Barbara Gaines should see this guy work.) Prentice gave a rich, nuanced and complex performance. His Hamlet and the fine work from Elizabeth Bagby and Joseph Sterans make this Hamlet work.… But Christopher Prentice’s performance as Hamlet makes the show worth seeing.… I’d catch Hamlet if only to witness Prentice’s journeyman’s work. He is an outstanding talent who needs to be working at Navy Pier for Chicago Shakespeare. —Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

Practical Anatomy

(Sansculottes Theater Company)

Strong performances from Dan Kerr-Hobert and Christopher Prentice as the merry murderers anchor this dark epic —Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Free Press

Renee Roy and Chris Prentice, they nailed their songs deftly —Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

She Stoops to Conquer

(Signal Ensemble Theatre)

Christopher Prentice’s Marlow, a Jekyll-and-Hyde vacillation between arrogant foppery and sputtering, stammering nitwit, is worth the price of admission. —Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

and she is well matched by the dashing Christopher Prentice, as bright and hilarious a couple of foolish young lovers as you could want—Joe Stead, Steadstyle Chicago

Landslide

(Signal Ensemble Theatre)

…a smartly detailed premiere…Prentice’s somewhat deadpan, self-deprecating delivery gives certain lines — ‘I think it’s telling and unfortunate that I’m known for being good at giving eulogies’ — the necessary lift to keep the play aloft. —Lenora Inez Brown, Chicago Sun-Times

A silent drinking contest between the two is especially disturbing, and actors Christopher Prentice and Melanie Keller play it with an unstoppable momentum that leads them straight down the path to divorce. —Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

Christopher Prentice conveys a dark humor that shines through his flickering facial expressions. —Jennifer Vanasco, Chicago Reader

The play’s smart cast adroitly handle material that in other hands could have easily turned treacly or overwrought. —F.O. Almeida, Newcity

The chemistry between Georgann Charuhas and Christopher Prentice as they duel with caustic wit landed many humorous moments. The birthday drinking scene with Melanie Keller and Prentice was amazing, perfectly timed (both in words and actions) and flawlessly performed. —Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

The welcome humor in the script is enhanced by the three thoughtful, understated performances of Charuhas, Prentice and Keller. —Brandon Hayes, Chicago Critic

As You Like It

(The Velvet Willies)

Christopher Prentice is wonderfully understated as that most modern of Shakespeare’s characters, the melancholy Jaques —Brian Nemtusak, Chicago Reader

Assassins

(Boxer Rebellion Ensemble)

Christopher Prentice and Shannon E. Farmer bring strong presence to Booth and Guitteau. —Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times

As the show’s primary devil, Christopher Prentice makes a charming John Wilkes Booth. —Web Behrens, Chicago Free Press

Much Ado About Nothing

(Signal Ensemble Theatre)

Christopher Prentice as Benedick was outstanding with his biting sarcasm. He has a wonderfully powerfully [sic] intense delivery. — Tom Williams, Chicago Critic