David French wrote this in 1979 and it is just as funny today. It is very definitely a Canadian comedy, and one wonders if anyone outside of Canada would really appreciate it. Certainly the basic theme of stage fright, ego and human relationships woule resonate everywhere, but I must admit to finding the asides about Canadian culture, bureaucracy and our well known inferiority complex to be some of the funniest lines in the play. Are they funnier now than in 1979, I wonder, since they are not nearly as true as they used to be?

Oliver Dennis gave an outstanding performance as Phil, with strong competition from Diane D’aquila,(Jessica) Kevin Bundy (George) and C. David Johnson (Patrick) but my favourite was Jordan Pettle as Nick. Mike Ross is a promising new comer.


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 Jitters

  1. Keith says:

    This was certainly very funny, but Cathy raises a good point: how much of its appeal to us was because we remember Canada in '79?Much of the humour is timeless – it will apply as long as we have performers – but will the play stay funny as is or need updating?However, I understand the play has had successful runs outside of Canada, so perhaps the time and place specificity we see is not really there. I hope not, as this hilarious play deserves to be enjoyed widely and for a long time.

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