Dominic Cavendish in The Telegraph recommended Giant Leap as one of the plays to see of the festival and gave it ★★★★ (Four Stars). “A fine body of comedians, including Phil Nichol and Lewis Schaffer, strut their thespian stuff in this aptly bunker-like venue.” Claire Smith in The Scotsman gave the play ★★★★ (Four Stars), “Schaffer as Gitin has some brilliantly funny lines.” Steve Bennett of Chortle gave the play ★★★ (Three Stars) and described me as “A desperate Jewish New York comic, somewhere between Woody Allen and George Costanza, is a role stand-up Lewis Schaffer was born to play.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine gave the show ★★★★ (Four Stars) and said “The casting is a success, with each actor giving a convincing performance of their well suited roles.“ Tim Bano of Fest Magazine gave the play ★★★ (Three Stars) “Lewis Schaffer plays comedian Mitch in best cod-Woody Allen style, shoulders raised in a permanent shrug and every line dripping with self-deprecation. Tom Stade is a drunken novelist convinced of his own undiscovered brilliance. They’re both good.” Dominic Maxwell of The Times gave the play ★★ (Two Stars) “[the director] has the mixed blessing of having a bunch of comedians for a cast.“ Cara McNamara of The Skinny gave the play ★★★ (Three Stars) saying “The only consistent humour, however, is provided by Lewis Schaffer’s neurotic east coast Jewish comedian.”
Pretty good notices for the first time I’ve acted in a play in 41 years. Thank you Phil Nichol, the Comedians Theatre Company and Director Alex Lass.