[Henry V] is an impressive coup involving multiple successful functions: Director Charles Pasternak's attention to stage picture through light and movement… the director's work with the other actors is exemplary. --Jason Rohrer, Stage and Cinema
[Director] Pasternak did a masterful job of casting and creating two starkly different worlds that each holds their own definition of truth. --Kat Michels, Culver City News, reviewing Timon of Athens
Pasternak’s interpretation reflects on the eventual outcome of the war in a way that Shakespeare didn’t, but it’s not as if he’s giving away the surprise ending — surely anyone who sees this production knows how the war ends. The ending imparts a gravitas that’s missing from Shakespeare’s ending, and it also leaves this phrase in our minds as we leave — “the chance of war”. That’s an apt farewell, for the play is a vision of war as an arena in which valiant principles are sacrificed at the altar of pragmatism — and chance. --Don Shirley, LA Stage Watch on Troilus and Cressida
[Henry V] is infused with infectious brio by director Charles Pasternak… it soars on consistently high-quality performances, and Pasternak's imaginative marshaling of his large cast and clever use of limited performance space. --Lovell Estell III, Stage Raw, Pick of the Week
Director Charles Pasternak has edited this multifarious play -- the third longest in the canon -- to just over 2 1/2 hours without losing narrative focus, a feat in itself. As is his wont, Pasternak uses the various levels of the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center to smart effect, starting with a riveting tableau vivant prologue led by Helen (Eliza Kiss), she of the thousand-ships-launching face. --David C. Nichols, LA Times on Troilus and Cressida
Pasternak’s direction is spot-on, and laughs are due as much to the cast’s razor-sharp line delivery as to Stoppard’s witty, albeit wordy, dialog. --Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA, on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead