This autobiographical comedy explaining why Alexander (Sandy) Gibson chose a career as a French teacher in elementary school has the ring of truth, even with a little hyperbole thrown in.
Despite a little gentle mockery, there is affection in his characterization of his mother. Gibson offers her a bouquet of thanks for putting him on the right road to becoming a passionate, rather than an adequate teacher, and delivers the description of life in portable #3 with highly expressive punch and energy.
Gibson has an attractive stage presence and Portable #3; Not just Another French Class is not just another navel gazer.
Well worth seeing.
Portable #3: Not Just Another French Class
By Alexander Gibson and Matty Burns
SDT Productions, Ottawa
Plays at Arts Court Theatre