"DIE LAUGHING" Reviews (Off-Broadway) April 2008:
"Marq Overton created a deeply troubled and intensely conflicted character in “Die
Laughing,” and Reginald L. Barnes’ presentation of Michael Laurence displayed
every bit of that conflict, and then some.
"----M. Welborn, Omaha, NE
"Barnes singing 'American Oman' is worth the price of admission alone."----Joe Land
"Watching Barnes jump from serious to funny to heart-gripping (the scene where he
has the "come-to-Jesus" with God is one of those rare raw performances that
audiences wish for, yet rarely get to witness) is a treat"----
kitchen sofa, ink
"Good theater entertains. Great theater entertains and makes us think. Marq
Overton and Reginald L. Barnes most definitely have given us GREAT
NY Times
"REFLECTIONS of a HEART" Reviews (Off-Broadway) June 2010:
"This here is your land. This here is my land. It ain't the same." These are Ghost
Henderson's opening words in this forceful biodrama of decorated World War II
veteran, Isaac Woodard, an African American who went to war, did his duty and
more. The ghost of Henderson (Reginald L. Barnes), Isaac's army buddy, acts as
narrator and voice of conscience.... As Henderson, Reginald L. Barnes'
authoritative performance commands attention."----
"Reginald L. Barnes delivers eloquent narration with precision as Henderson, the
ghost of one of Woodard's soldier friends." ====
Backstage Magazine
"The large cast includes several other standout performances: Reginald L. Barnes,
who, as Henderson, is particularly effective in a scene at the hospital where his
character talks to the immobile Isaac following his attack"----
"Mention should be made of Reginald L. Barnes's soulful depiction of Isaac's best
pal Henderson.... whenever he appears in the play, the tone seems more relaxed
and his performance is quietly affecting. After watching him throughout, you start to
wonder what he might have done with the leading role (and he actually more closely
resembles Woodard in appearance)".----
"Reginald L. Barnes is touching as Woodard's best friend, Henderson, who appears
several times during the play, both alive and as a ghost/conscience for his friend.
He speaks to the audience about social conditions of the time, and urges his
gravely injured friend to not let this terrible thing change him, to remember his
special strength and to begin healing himself"----
AP Review (national)