My Alzheimer’s Climb

Since my last blog, it's been quite a time for my mother, our family and this Alzheimer's journey. A widely read article was published in the Vancouver Sun and Province after I went to the press in response to a traumatic incident my mom suffered at St.Paul's hospital in Vancouver.  You can read the story …

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My Alzheimer’s Story

I wonder if I'm dreaming the whole thing. Is this really my mother?  She's walking around in circles, yelling and cursing about people "breaking into her house."  This exhausted disheveled woman with fear in her eyes and venom in her voice is a nightmare vision, a grotesquely distorted version of my mom. I force myself …

It Takes a Village To Raise a Play

Why did I start a theatre company? Why, in the era of smartphones, YouTube and Netflix do I sell people on the idea of sitting in the dark with strangers for two hours? Why do I beg, borrow and steal to put up a yearly show that provides almost no financial return for months of …

It’s Not Working Out But Let’s Still be Facebook Friends.

Every year I do a different type of Spring Cleaning.  Instead of breaking out the Pledge and throwing out old phone chargers,  I open the windows, breathe in the cherry blossoms and do a Facebook purge.  It beats the hell out of wiping down flat surfaces. I've got a simple list of criteria for unfollowing …

The Ugly Canadian

They say Canadians make great comedians, as we have a keen sense of irony.  They also say that we are unfailingly polite.  Last night, I saw irony and politeness meet in absurdly Canadian fashion. I'm sitting third row centre, watching some colleagues in a great production of Michael Healey's play "Proud" at the Firehall Arts …

Great New Theatre in Vancouver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyVIcwIcm5M Check out the new trailer for our 2013 Theatre Festival, featuring the Vancouver premieres of the plays "Lungs" and "Becky Shaw". Great new theatre from Mitch and Murray Productions, the company that brought you last year's hit production of David Mamet's "Race". Opening November 21st - Get more info and book your tickets today …

Lance Armstrong Takes it in the Ball(s).

As an actor commuting constantly between Vancouver and LA, I live in a world of creativity and leftist politics.  It suits my belief system just fine, as I'm pretty much a big bleeding heart liberal in every department. Ironically, I'm also a straight white male with some vestige of old school "stiff upper lip",  which …

Living in the Moment with Your Smartphone

Dallas Green was absolutely killing it.  The City and Colour bandleader with the magical voice was laying out one great ballad after another under a darkening Vancouver sky on a beautiful summer's night.             The music was top shelf, but took second place to Green's stage presence and relaxed connectivity …