Few plays have so honestly and empathically represented a level of social interaction that we as Canadians would rather ignore. Thompson’s four characters are lowlife misfits as far as respectable community is concerned, but their interaction demonstrates a symbiotic relationship that is every bit as rich and complicated as those in more “elevated” circles. This is an exquisitely balanced piece of writing in which all characters equally drive the plot and equally share their lives with the audience. While Thompson won her first Governor General’s Award for a later play, this play — her first — is an achievement as impressive as anything that followed.
“The Crackwalker’s [characters] are mesmerizingly real. These people live with you.” —Globe and Mail
“This play established a reputation for playwright Judith Thompson as a daring chronicler of the urban underclass.” —Eye Weekly
"Exudes vitality." —Toronto Star