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"Jon Barker's Hotspur is impatience personified; we can almost see his fingers itching to wield a sword against his sovereign.

Loud, swaggering, even unmindful of his lovely wife's pleas to stay home, he's every inch the nightmare of a son…"

Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

"Hotspur is usually construed as a romantic warrior, but Mr. Barker puts an interesting, peevish spin on this hero, who evidently suffers from the same disgruntled mood shared by his cranky Percy elders."

Michael Sommers, The New York Times

"Hotspur" is given "a strikingly robust performance by Jon Barker."

Simon Saltzman, Curtain Up

"Barker (Hotspur) manages to make his character sympathetic even as you hate him."

William Westhoven, Madison Patch

"Hotspur is played with great intensity by the equally handsome Jon Barker. Barker brings the sparks of a hot tempered warrior to life in his portrayal. He is at times the gallant and heroic young leader and at other times the scoundrel. Barker's Hotspur is funny, strong, valiant and cruel,

as this character must be."

Janinie M. Torsiello, Morris Beats

"Jon Barker steals entire scenes, as Hotspur, Northumberland’s son."

Stuart Duncan, New Jersey Newsroom

Hotspur (Jon Barker) and Lady Percy (Izzie Steele), photo credit: Gerry Goodstein, The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ