"Astonishing Work"

...let’s face it: American audiences don’t seem to care that much whether stars have classical chops, whether we have a stable of alpha actors capable of speaking Elizabethan verse with authority. Hey, that’s what the British are for, isn’t it? So you have to wonder how grand a payoff there can possibly be when the remarkable occurs, when an American actor magnetically delivers the Elizabethan goods and shows himself equipped for Shakespearean stardom. For this is what Michael Hayden is doing at the moment in his astonishing work as both Henry V and Richard II at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
— Peter Marks, The Washington Post