"I have had the very good fortune to have worked with Joe on several occasions and wouldn't hesitate to work with him again. He is a very skilled actor/combatant and an excellent fight director and teacher. His dedication, passion, committment, imagination, training, and outstanding talent make him an invaluable asset to any production."
"It is easy to be caught up in the realism and fast-paced action."
"and imaginative sword..." (the review was cut off; we're still trying to get the rest of the review from Mary)
"One scene that deserves special attention is the battle between
Richard and Richmond. The fight coordinator Joe Cook took a very
supernatural take... the combination of special effects and rigorous
training of the actors results in a very exciting battle that will
raise the hairs on the back of your neck."
"It is hard to get the audience to believe in a battle involving thousands
of soldiers with only a dozen actors, but they pulled it off."
"...battle scenes of startling realism... an ambitious production and a successful one."
"...a dramatic rhythmic pounding of quarterstaffs on the stage floor by a circle
of soldiers surrounding a pair of duelers battling for their lives. The fight
scenes are particularly convincing -- sparks fly -- the work of both Chris Duval,
a professional fight choreographer, and Caltech junior Joe Cook, also cast
as [Ireland's] Captain MacMorris."