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!



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. keithhpotter says:

    The acts passed quickly and the cast seemed to be having as good a time as the audience – signs of a good show! After the gloom of the previous week’s shows, this was a delightful change.
    Despite Diane D’Aquila’s character’s comment that “We are actors, not adults”, this was a very affectionate look at all the people who make theatre come alive for the audience, (although not so affectionate about the critics!).

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