Some of my Reviews (or how to blow your own horn....)


Misery-1997

"Thanks to an absolutely riveting performance by C. David Johnson, this TNB production keeps you on the edge of your seat for two hours. I have never seen him do better work..."
Anne Ingram--Daily Gleaner

"--remarkably played by C. David Johnson (as Paul Sheldon)..."
Douglas Hughes--Times Globe

"--It's clear he's matured as a stage actor.....he managed to make the fairly monotonous role engaging, even exciting.....In the second act he was often captivating."
Russell Hunt--Telegraph Journal


Sleuth--1998

"--The award for best performance goes to C. David Johnson, who has matured considerably as an actor over the past few years....Johnson's outstanding work in this play shows show's he is definitely more than a handsome television star."
Anne Ingram--Daily Gleaner



Peter Pan--1998

"Clearly the most striking performance was by C. David Johnson........displayed his well-rounded experience by his excellent performance and a humourous portrayal of the everlasting classic loser, Hook".
Maryem Mubareka--The Brunswickan

"Director Walter Learning wisely let seasoned actors like C. David Johnson have their heads. Johnson has a wonderful time playing the dastardly pirate king. His campy Hook is a cross between an overblown Shakespearean actor and a trendy fashion designer".
Anne Ingram--Daily Gleaner

"C. David Johnson is just the Captain Hook all male children always dreamed of being, with a wonderful Shakespearean boom and a silent film-villain dark malevolence that scared everyone half to death...."
Russell Hunt--Telegraph Journal



The Play's The Thing--1999

"There is gorgeous compensation from C. David Johnson as Almady, her overweening paramour, an ageing matinee idol forced mercilessly into acting out his own follies......the text and the actor keep uncovering new abysses, new reserves."
Robert Cushman--National Post

"--thanks to the performers the likes of..Johnson (who comes close to stealing the show in the second act)".
John Coulbourn--Toronto Sun

"For the big laughs, look to Johnson as the philandering Almady, his male pride amusingly deflated in the play Turai forces him to perform."
Kate Taylor--Globe and Mail



Ethan Claymore--2000

Martin (played brilliantly by C. David Johnson)......Johnson's Martin Claymore is a superlative performance:
saturnine, skeptical, and expertly timed, his cynical car salesman is a wonderful foil to the sentimental direction the plot drives us in. ..........Those of us who think that even a rough and unpolished live production like this is a better way to spend an evening than at any canned (dead) entertainment on TV or at the movies, will go, and enjoy brilliant moments like those engineered by C. David Johnson.
Russell Hunt--St. Thomas University



The Sound of Music--2001

As the forbidding Captain/Baron himself, C. David Johnson seems to melt awfully quickly, but once the frog's been kissed, he sure makes a charming prince, all handsome profile and noble sentiments.
Kate Taylor--Globe and Mail


Prisoner of Second Avenue 2001

....a very strong performance by C. David Johnson
Russell Hunt St.Thomas University



The Winter's Tale--2002

Coyne and Johnson generate both inviting warmth and angry fire in their performances

Jon Kaplan--NOW



Art --2002

C. David Johnson ... makes Marc into a knot of barely controlled anger and frustration. I particularly admired the venom he inserts into the phrase "the artist"....


The Play's the Thing--2003

....in my book the most successful interpretation of the evening was that of C. David Johnson as Almady, whose second act grapple with a series of French names brought the house down in explosions of laughter.
Bruce Raymond tandemnews.com

Again the actor who garners the most laughter of the evening is C. David Johnson as the pompous actor Almady. His performance in the rehearsal scene of Act 3 is priceless, as it dawns on him that Turai is punishing him by filling his lines with impossibly long French names. Showing Almady's attempts to maintain his dignity despite the risibility of his dialogue has the audience literally doubled over in laughter.

Christopher Hoile --Stage Door

C. David Johnson , is a terrific popinjay as the preening, blustering older actor, progressively whittled down to size

Jon Kaplan--NOW



The Love List 2003/2004

Johnson is a natural as his foil; the straight man whose deadpan reaction to the freneticsituationonly helps to stoke the comedic flames.

Karen Robinet--The Observer

Johnson maintains our affection for Leon with an easy charm, even as he espouses his antiquated, sexist theories on marriage and love.

Kerry Corrigan--View

As Leon C. David Johnson plays a worldly cynic with flair, especially when his own pleasureful world starts crashing down around him.

Greg Burliuk--Kingston Whig-Standard

C. David Johnson, who appeared last at Theatre Aquarius as Rick in Norm Foster's The Foursome, played Leon to perfection

Alidë Kohlhaas--Lanceteer

Three in the Back Two in the Head --2004

CDJ soars in Sherman mystery....the most harrowing, gripping moment is when the father, passionately and powerfully played by C. David Johnson, claws at the earth of a grave as he grapples with who he is, what he has done, and what he should do. The scientist is the emotional flashpoint of the play, and a highly memorable, convincing character in the brief time Johnson has to craft him.

Eliss Barnard--Chronicle Herald







This is, without a doubt, my favourite review. It was written on a matchbook cover and left under the windshield wiper of the company van during a tour of "Macbeth" in 1979.