Opening the can of worms

Opening the can of worms

I was down by the river fishing a number of years ago, on a little beach in Waterways.  Several other guys were down there, cooling off in the water a little upstream and drinking beer.  As they finished one and picked up another they tossed the empties aside.  When it came time for them to
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Creature of Instinct

Creature of Instinct

I am guided by my intuition, small, barely perceptible, moments of inspiration.  Something told me that it would be a good thing to do a contest on my Russell Thomas Art Facebook page over the weekend.  Over 500 people have liked my page and I felt the need to thank them in some small way.
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The Odd Couple Romp, Part 5

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 5

What happens in a play – the stuff the audience sees – is really just the top portion of the iceberg; there is a whole lot that happens just beyond the sight lines.  Little things, like the amount of space in the wings, distances to dressing rooms, and the actual size of the stage make
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The Odd Couple Romp, Part 4

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 4

“Petunia. Petunia.” I wrote in response to a Facebook post by Chris Bowers (playing Speed), who was having a little fun with a particular name in the script of The Odd Couple. He was having a devil of a time in pronouncing it right last night at rehearsal. “Ger-trude. GERtrude. Grrrrrtrude? Gertuuuuuuude?!” he posted after rehearsal, repeating
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April Fools classic

April Fools classic

The first thing I saw this morning was a post from CJ Phillips announcing a tour stop by the Rolling Stones in Fort McMurray.  Can you imagine?  That would be off-the-charts amazing.  Oh wait….April Fools. Every April 1st morning the media (traditional, social and otherwise) blows up with all kinds of crazy announcements, rumours, and
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Painting Brian Jean

Painting Brian Jean

After I do a challenging painting (which I did this weekend – you’ll see it in a few months after it gets presented), I like to do something quick and just for fun.  Sometimes these smaller, less complex paintings are commissions; once in awhile they are whims.  Last night I decided to do a quick
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The Odd Couple Romp, Part 3

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 3

“Just move about the space and see what happens,” I said to the cast on Saturday, as we spent the whole day putting the show on its feet. Actors have great instincts.  Without being told where to sit around the poker table, they landed in absolutely the right seats for their characters.  With the combination
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The Odd Couple Romp, Part 2

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 2

One of the silent characters in this play is the game of poker.  It factors greatly in the flavour of the piece, particularly the opening act as most of the gang convenes for their regular Friday night game. The believability of the playing and how the characters relate to each other within the game are
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The Odd Couple Romp, Part 1

The Odd Couple Romp, Part 1

It feels a little unfamiliar, starting a blog series about the production of a play, but from the perspective of a director.  But I’m going to give it a try, and promise not to give too much away.  I’ll be focusing on the process, the great people who have signed on for the trip, and
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Getting the facts straight

Getting the facts straight

Kelly Hill, photo by Sean McLennan Those of us in the arts and cultural industry feel that what we do is important: to human beings,  communities, and the economy.  That feeling was backed up by about 90 slides of data points shared by Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies based in Hamilton, Ontario last night at
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