Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 19, No. 3. March 24, 1955
The eavesdropping scenes were played for their full effect, and nicely balanced against each other. The male quartet did better than the three women, and brought off very well their "acting within acting". Grant McInnes made an unexpected success of Don Pedro, unexpected because it isn't a fat part; Don Pedro is just a standard Shakespearean string-pulling comedy Prince. Claudio, another part that doesn't offer very much opportunity, was similarly brought to an effective level by John Norton. He put plenty of passion into both loving and denouncing, which is chiefly what the plot requires of him.
Leonato, Antonio, had tough assignments, because old men's parts are not easy for young actors. Antonio was hampered by an unsuitable gown. Roger Harris as Leonato improved as the play matured. He hovered at first rather too long between being serious or comic, but was much better when he came out denfinitely at last as the heavy father. His beard was rather a handicap.