JittersFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889222427 | paperback / softback

$19.95 | 176 pages | Pub. Date: 1986 | Edition # 1 | Revised edition
6.00 W × 9.00 H × 0.5 D inches
Drama | Backlist | Bisac: DRA013000
ISBN 13: 9780889222427 | Rights: WORLD

Jitters, David French’s sophisticated backstage comedy, opens on the night of a preview of a new play, “The Care and Treatment of Roses.” Within minutes, the audience is plunged into the world of the theatre, a world of instant loves and hates, easily bruised egos, contradictory interpretations of role and script—all complicated by crises involving faulty props, lost lines and bad reviews, and all magnified by the opening night “jitters” of cast, crew, writer and director.

First performed in 1979, Jitters was an instant critical and commercial success. In just a few years, the play was produced in nearly every regional theatre in Canada and enjoyed several American performances as well; and the published edition, introduced by Talonbooks in 1980, has gone through many printings. The play has been substantially changed in the process of undergoing its more than one hundred productions, and appears here in its revised edition.

“David French’s hilarious backstage drama Jitters is a comedic masterpiece… the laughter builds and builds to a rippling series of rib-aching crescendos.”
—Toronto Star (2010)

Jitters is the happiest case of stage fright I have ever encountered.”
—New York Post

Jitters is witty, affectionate, bitchy, bitterly touching. French handles a complicated idea with great sophistication.”
—Toronto Star

By David French

Born in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland, David French was one of Canada’s best-known and most critically acclaimed playwrights. His work received many major awards, and French was one of the first inductees into the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour.

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news | 2018-01-29
Talon plays on stage now in Sudbury, Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Belleville, New York state, Ottawa, Richmond, and Pennsylvania state!

…Details here. February 1 through April 8, Jitters , a comedy by David French, will be presented by … the late David French’s classic theatre comedy Jitters is on stage at the Stanley Theatre in VANCOUVER, …