1979 was clearly a big year in Canadian theatre. Judith Thompson’s Crackwalker debuted that year (see review below) and so did David French’s Jitters.And both plays have withstood the test of time.
Soulpepper has a great company of comic actors, who had a wonderful time presenting this hilarious play. Backstage in the theatre is a strange and emotional place, full of histrionics. The director played by Kevin Bundy had just the right mix of tact and patience and frustration. The author, played by Mike Ross was hilarious in his panic. And the actors, played by Diane D’Aquila, Oliver Dennis, Alex Furber and Geordie Johnson, seemed to exist only to drive the stage manager (Jordan Pettle) to distraction.
There was a large group of students in the audience, all of whom seemed to be having a great time. I even overheard one say ” we should find out what else they do here and come back sometime”. I am sure that would be music to the ears of Albert Schultz!