It’s a tough gig as a substitute teacher. That is the premise of Jass Richard’s one-woman comedic treatise on what’s wrong with, well, every aspect of school and schooling.
The Winnipeg actress delivers her frustration with the hypocrisy and administrative stupidity of schooling. Denim jeans? Not good for work, but denim skirts are fine. Students have a right to an education unless they are suspended. The list goes on and includes the students themselves, who are bored and incapable (it’s not her job to entertain them). There is more, but if you’ve been to public school, you’ve lived it.
There’s lots of energy and some funny lines, but the content is too simplistic and especially caustic towards students. There are a lot of contradictions that are never acknowledged and really need to be plumbed to give this show some depth. All in all, this sophomoric show needs more scholarship.
— Wendy King