Chris Thomas


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Smashwords book reviews by Chris Thomas

  • Underground Railway Theater, Engine of Delight & Social Change on Sep. 04, 2017

    Wonderful book . It is a deeply engaging story, both personal and professional, that follows the evolution of the American theater from the 1960s through the early 2000s told by an actor, director, puppeteer and visionary who helped to shape it. The book is filled practical information about the founding, funding and day to day workings of an aspirational theater. It is also the story of a personal journey told by a narrator who is both erudite and engaging with photos and video clips of the company's work spanning four decades. I was enthralled by the ballet of three puppeteers performing the Firebird behind the shadow puppet screen. The ingenuity that the company brought to developing each piece both as collaborators and performers is well illustrated in video clips of the performances themselves.