Hey y’all. I know it’s been awhile. I don’t have much to report as of the moment. The reviews came out for the show and were pretty much glowing. Thank God. It’s not just great for me, although, as you’ll see in the “NEWS AND REVIEWS” section of my website http://www.thomallison.com, I did very well – hallelujah – but for the Max and the theatre, it’s great news. The response from the community has also be so overwhelmingly positive. That is huge for Max as it’s his first directing gig at the Playhouse and he brought over a handful of ‘non-locals’. Luckily, the ‘non-locals’ he brought all got some of the best reviews which as least doesn’t give room for his judgement on the matter being called into question.
It’s a funny thing this aversion many places have to bringing in ‘non-locals’. It’s not just Vancouver, it happens everywhere. Although I do appreciate a place or group wanting to have/find/maintain there own voice but if you never share that voice with larger groups or hear other voices, how do you grow or stay open. Especially as artists and specifically theatre, as that is my milieu, I certainly don’t understand the desire to keep “interlopers” away. If it’s fear that the newbies will take your jobs, well, I’m afraid my question is this, if you’re not good enough to get the job over a newbie, why should you have it in the first place? We all can learn things from each other. I’ve been so fortunate to work in a good handful of different places and each group in those places has a different way of working. You learn things from that and you take what is good for you and leave what isn’t but it informs who you are as an artist. I don’t get the fear of someone coming in. If they aren’t good and they are coming in, that’s different. But if feathers are ruffled just because a different voice is coming to add to the mix, get out of the business. Art is a living, breathing animal. That’s what makes is exciting. And breathing the same air can become stale, no matter how much you think you are “shakin’ it up”.
And working with the same people constantly without shake-up is too dangerous in theatre. Yes, there is absolutely a trust that can built up which can lead to more risks being taken but it can also lead to too much safety. Introducing as least one new voice every now and then creates a bit of danger, a bit of the unknown and that’s when great things happen. It’s the unknown.
Anyway, other than opening, I’ve just been enjoying the cast and Vancouver. Walking around a lot. Meeting up with old friends. It’s been awesome.