Albert Schultz (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)
In The Garden, Dark and Deep
by Ramya Jegatheesan
This cast is second to none. Tom (Oliver Dennis) nearly stole the show with his graceful frolicking amongst the lawn chairs while Norman is played to great effect by Soulpepper’s artistic director, Albert Schultz, who walks the line between roguish rake and smarmy lecher with charm and ingenuity. Like Schultz, Norman is a theatrical impresario in his own right, concocting a series of clever ruses and romantic trysts that are so thoroughly entertaining that it is difficult to despise him. And when it comes to matters of the female heart, Norman is a master puppeteer whose antics inspire amused laughter in between spells of gaping disbelief.
Run time: 2 hours with one 20-minute intermission.