The Guardsman

A very slight, but potentially amusing play, but a dreadful production. We left at half time.

Albert Schultz is a fine actor, but totally wrong for the part of the Guardsman. He is too old and he is not charming. Nor does he have the required comic timing. In my opinion, to play this part you need someone like Mike Sharra, who has both the timing and the charm. He can connect with the audience in a way that Schultz cannot. One watches Schultz; one joins the conspiracy with Sharra. It would have made all the difference in the world.

Loved Diego Matamoros, though!


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Guardsman

  1. Keith says:

    I generally agree – obviously, as we both left at intermission – but I am not so sure Albert Schultz is a great actor. He has done a great job putting Soulpepper where it is, and, sometimes, such as in Glengarry Glen Ross, he gives a decent performance. However, more often than not, I find him unsatisfactory and, if this wasn't so much "his" company, I do not think he would get the major roles he does; certainly, he is totally unsuited for some – such as this one.

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