Reviews of Productions Directed


“...it was a glowing production.The company’s Artistic Director Ezra Barnes skillfully guided his cast through this difficult, controversial drama, keeping the audience mesmerized.”

The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare on the Sound.
with (l-r) Reese Madigan, Tom Flynn, Yusuf Bulos

“Ezra Barnes, Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Sound, makes the most of his company’s setting...Barnes has his players popping up in the audience or racing down the grassy slope to the stage. Not only do they bring the Shakespearean classic to life, but they drag the audience into the very proceedings...How well does this Julius Caesar work? Barnes has staged it beautifully, offerring striking images which veer from stark reality to stylized moments, even as the play itself moves between reality and fantasy. In all, Shakespeare on the Sound...is more than a show. It is an event.”  

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare on the Sound, with Michael Rogers as Julius Caesar

“Today we often approach a play by Shakespeare with almost biblical awe, but for the audiences living during The Bard’s time, he was just another playwright whose work had to compete not only with that of other playwrights but with carnivals, bear-bating and the ever-present allure of the taverns that clustered near the theaters...It was a raucous environment so the comedy had to be broad and bawdy, the gestures larger than life and the emotions worn on the sleeve. This director Ezra Barnes clearly understands, for he has crafted a a production that is so bursting with life the actors cannot be contained on the stage.”

The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare on the Sound, Evan Zes and Gretchen Hall


“Under Ezra Barnes’ lucid direction, the emphasis is commendably on the Bard’s language. The evening is unadorned and earnest, boasting some excellent performances and overall entertainment quotient that should please the thousands who flock to Rowayton eat, drink, sit on blankets and beach chairs and soak up a bit of culture.”

Nick Ullett, Nichelle Hines, Christina Rouner in As You Like It, Shakespeare on the Sound