E. THOMAS BACKGROUNDER
"An appealing storyteller whose dancing recalls
Steve Martin" --Orlando Sentinel, April
marvelous dancer and mime, he is also a brilliant storyteller."
--Vue Magazine (Canada 1997)
E. Thomas finds a warmly entertaining off-the-wall energy
somewhere between Mr. Rogers and Robin Williams."
--Edmonton Journal (Canada, 1997)
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)
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."
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."
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.
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.
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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.