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BOB E. THOMAS BACKGROUNDER


"An appealing storyteller whose dancing recalls Steve Martin" --Orlando Sentinel, April 1997

"A marvelous dancer and mime, he is also a brilliant storyteller." --Vue Magazine (Canada 1997)

"Bob E. Thomas finds a warmly entertaining off-the-wall energy somewhere between Mr. Rogers and Robin Williams." --Edmonton Journal (Canada, 1997)

"He takes his audience to a place that is so honest and true only someone with a heart of stone couldn't be moved." --See Magazine (Canada, 1997)

Bob E. Thomas's solo monologue shows are a combination of funny, wry and often poignant autobiographical stories interwoven with original dances, all transformed and infused with his refreshing and eclectic wit. The Boston Globe (11/96) wrote that "When Thomas knocks his legs together, he resembles a mass of egg noodles churning in a boiling soup pot."

The Boston Herald wrote that Bob's 1996 solo show Love, Art & Catfish was "intimate and straightforward, sweet and funny in a low-key way." Orlando Do Lunch News said it was "a philosophical softshoe with snappy dancing." And the Orlando Sentinel wrote that it was "A charming and evocative one-man show."

In 1997 Bob E. Thomas' show Eccentricity! -- see quotes top of page -- was a "Critic's Choice" at the Edmonton Theater Fringe (Canada) and a critic's "Top Ten" at the Orlando Theater Fringe. Coming up this winter, Bob, along with internationally known tap dancers Brenda Buffalino, Jeannie Hill, and Josh Hilberman, will be choreographing and dancing in the jazz Nutcracker, "Clara's Dream," which will be performed throughout the northeast U.S.

Bob is well known as director of The Kamikaze Jitterbugs. The Boston Globe headlined that the: "Kamikazes shake the dust off the steps of the past." They danced on July Fourth 1995 with the Boston Pops Orchestra for national TV and a live audience of 325,000, and toured Asia in 1994 with the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Bob taught American Vernacular dance at Roger Williams University, choreographed concerts for West Newton Academy, and taught master classes at Harvard University, The American College Dance Festival (ACDF), Boston University, and MIT.

[To be read tongue-in-cheek]

Bob, after completing a BMusic degree in Theory at the School of Music (now defunct) of Wittenberg University in Ohio, and after a brief fourteen-year stint teaching young girls and old ladies disco dancing at the Joy of Movement (now defunct), assumed his true destiny as a performing artist. What he has lacked in talent (considerable) he has more than made up for with his blind determination and unsubstantiated optimism. He performed for four years as a character dancer with The Boston Festival Ballet Company (now defunct), acting five parts in Dylan Thomas' (deceased) "Under Milk Wood" and one in "Child's Christmas in Whales" for WordsMove Voice Theater (now defunct). Over the past twenty-five years Bob is pleased to say that he has only worked a real job for nine months (as sales manager of sub-basement bargain domestics, in direct view of the Blue Line subway platform, at Jordan Marsh Department Store, now defunct). Unstinting in his efforts to be as fully un-employable as possible, Bob has trained extensively in mime, acting, voice, jazz, ballet and tap dance. He does his own office work and he and his wife have a young son.