"The older Thompson (baritone Craig Irvin) is worn down, not only by the brutality of the years of imprisonment, but by what he finds when he returns home. Irvin’s character has been burnished vocally, displayed here by Irvin with a golden richness carefully twisted by powerful pangs of angst and disappointment. . .
An aria from the older Thompson listing his irritations with the cultural changes in American life, was not just melodic, but strangely comic at a moment that was anything but light-hearted. . . Irvin sang it with a beautiful edge of lyricism"
- Arts Knoxville