Cardwell portrays the director as a strange, somewhat flamboyant man with interesting clothing choices. Finger desperately wants to direct a flop because he claims he is sick of being a directorial golden boy… Cardwell is a hoot.
Lisa Gauthier Mitchison,
Cardwell, in particular, shone as Cardenio, playing every note from homosocial joy to heterosexual jealousy to raving madness with convincing depth. The conviction with which he madly mounted a bare tree branch, riding it across the stage like a froth-flecked steed, was something to behold.
Regina Buccola – Roosevelt University,
Chicago Shakespeare Bulletin
Thomas Cardwell, trailing clouds of glory behind him as the debonair Trigorin, projects the self-confidence of a man accustomed to trimming his sails to the prevailing winds. Someone once said, if you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made. Cardwell’s Trigorin is a master.