Gil Kaan

Gil Kaan

      Gil Kaan, a former Managing Editor of the now-defunct Genre magazine, has had the privilege of photographing and interviewing some major divas of film, television, and stage in his career; including Ann-Margret, Diana Ross, Faye Dunaway, Carol Channing, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bernhard, Glenn Close, Anna Nicole Smith, Margaret Cho, and three Catwomen—Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar.  He had the fortuitous opportunity to conduct Lily Tomlin’s coming out interview.  Gil has since reviewed movies and theatre for a number of local Los Angeles and national outlets. Check out his video interviews with the talented participants of S.T.A.G.E. @ http://apla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=STAGE_Video
 




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BWW Review: A DELICATE SHIP - An Intriguing Evening of Clever UneasinessBWW Review: A DELICATE SHIP - An Intriguing Evening of Clever Uneasiness
Posted: Jan. 20, 2018


BWW Interview: A Happy, Healthy Michael Kearns Purposely Hustling His Way Through LifeBWW Interview: A Happy, Healthy Michael Kearns Purposely Hustling His Way Through Life
Posted: Jan. 3, 2018


BWW Review: FREUD'S LAST SESSION - Verbal Sparring At Its ApexBWW Review: FREUD'S LAST SESSION - Verbal Sparring At Its Apex
Posted: Jan. 15, 2018


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BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To BeBWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be
Posted: Nov. 9, 2017


BWW Review: A DELICATE SHIP - An Intriguing Evening of Clever UneasinessBWW Review: A DELICATE SHIP - An Intriguing Evening of Clever Uneasiness
January 20, 2018

The west coast premiere of playwright Anna Ziegler's A DELICATE SHIP receives a sturdy launching by The Road Theatre Company. A DELICATE SHIP centers on a romantic Christmas Eve that Sam and Sarah anxiously plan to spend together alone. Right off the bat, Philip Orazio and Paris Perrault smoothly establish the magnetic chemistry between their characters Sam and Sarah. Josh Zuckerman's frenetic energy imbues this interloper with such intensity, one easily gets caught up in his storytelling of his and Sarah's teen years growing up together.

BWW Review: FREUD'S LAST SESSION - Verbal Sparring At Its ApexBWW Review: FREUD'S LAST SESSION - Verbal Sparring At Its Apex
January 15, 2018

In FREUD'S LAST SESSION, playwright Mark St. Germain has written an intricate, very detailed script of what he imagines as a chance meeting between Dr. Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. Set in 1939 London the day England entered World War II, the two very well-read men debate on the existence of God. Watching Martin Rayner as Freud and Martyn Stanbridge as Lewis butt heads in their reasonings of the existence/non-existence of God is much like watching a Wimbleton Tennis Final.

BWW Interview: A Happy, Healthy Michael Kearns Purposely Hustling His Way Through LifeBWW Interview: A Happy, Healthy Michael Kearns Purposely Hustling His Way Through Life
January 3, 2018

It's been too long since Los Angeles has had a world premiere of a Michael Kearns' creation. On January 13, 2018; Michael will open his latest dramatic composition, BLOODBOUND at Highways Performance Center. Michael has since been keeping busy with his theatrical commitments at Skylight Theatre, QueerWise, Michael Kearns & Other Outies, and Housing Works; while always doing what he does best in his HIV/AIDS activism, and raising his grown-up daughter Katherine.

BWW Interview: FilmStruck's Alicia Malone On What Strikes Her Cinematic FanciesBWW Interview: FilmStruck's Alicia Malone On What Strikes Her Cinematic Fancies
December 4, 2017

A well-guarded, open secret of cinema aficionados, FilmStruck has been streaming their ever-expanding library of contemporary, art-house, indie, foreign and cult films to their subscribers for over a year now. FilmStruck also has the exclusive streaming service to the Criterion Collection library. We had the chance to interview FilmStruck interviewer Alicia Malone on the particulars of FilmStruck.

BWW Review: Rousing Vocals & Hilarity Rule UMPO HOME ALONEBWW Review: Rousing Vocals & Hilarity Rule UMPO HOME ALONE
December 3, 2017

Kate Pazakis and her talented creative team once again incorporate their 'secret sauce' in concocting a most delicious holiday treat for Rockwell revelers - THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF HOME ALONE. The 1990 John Hughes classic Home Alone receives Pazakis' UMPO treatment, resulting in a most side-splitting production with their clever choice of pop songs, re-worded to 'fit' the Home Alone narrative, and boosted by the always witty (and subtly topical) dialogue of Ray Wetmore and Pazakis.

BWW Review: CHICO'S ANGELS IN FELIZ NAVIDIVAS - A Most Wonderfully Riotous Show to Jump Start Your Holiday SpiritsBWW Review: CHICO'S ANGELS IN FELIZ NAVIDIVAS - A Most Wonderfully Riotous Show to Jump Start Your Holiday Spirits
November 27, 2017

This new and expanded edition of the 2015 FELIZ NAVIDIVA showcases the hilarious comic stylings and tight-knitted teamwork of Kay Sedia, with her fellow Chico's Angels, Frieda Laye and Chita Parol, as well as, sturdy support from their Boss Man. Director Kurt Koehler spoofs (with co-spoofer Kay Sedia's alter-ego Oscar Quintero) a number of songs, slickly weaving the tunes into a cohesive (and funny) behind-the-scenes, most entertaining battle of a Christmas drag revue.

BWW Interview: The Groundling's Matthew Loren Cohen's Got the Music In HimBWW Interview: The Groundling's Matthew Loren Cohen's Got the Music In Him
November 22, 2017

Anyone who's had the pleasure of experiencing a Groundlings show will not only have tired hands from all the clapping and strained lungs from all the whooping and laughing, but also have worn-out toes from tapping along with the smoking hot Groundlings house band. Musical director Matthew Loren Cohen took a break from his many musical commitments and rehearsals to share some behind-the-scene Groundlings magic with BroadwayWorld.

BWW Review: Convergence of Fantastic Talents - Writing, Directing & Acting - Make ROTTERDAM a Destination You Need to VisitBWW Review: Convergence of Fantastic Talents - Writing, Directing & Acting - Make ROTTERDAM a Destination You Need to Visit
November 12, 2017

This Skylight Theatre Company's production of playwright Jon Brittain's west coast premiere of ROTTERDAM receives a stunning mounting with a pitch-perfect aligning of talents supporting and complementing each other. Michael A. Shepperd deftly directs his spot-on cast of four bringing to life Brittain's detailed, sensitive, yet witty script on a person transitioning and its effects on those close to the day-to-day situations.

BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To BeBWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be
November 9, 2017

Conductor extraordinaire John Mauceri, at 72 years young, has the memory of a straight-A college kid vividly recalling detailed facts of incidents long ago right off the top of his head. The go-to expert on all subjects Leonard Bernstein, John will be conducting BERNSTEIN ON STAGE at the Valley Performing Arts Center (The Soraya) November 17, 2017. John most graciously chatted on the phone with me for an hour from his New York home after just returning from Mexico.

BWW Review: Get Yourself CAUGHT For a Fantastic Immersive Experience At Think TankBWW Review: Get Yourself CAUGHT For a Fantastic Immersive Experience At Think Tank
November 4, 2017

For a most wonderfully complete, immersive theatre/gallery experience; get yourself, and anyone you like, to Think Tank Gallery in Downtown L.A. to catch the Los Angeles premiere of Christopher Chen's Obie Award-winning CAUGHT. So easy to see why Chen won his 2016 Obie, with the substantial food for thought underneath all his witty observations.

BWW Review: A Radiant June Angela Dominates YOHENBWW Review: A Radiant June Angela Dominates YOHEN
November 2, 2017

The Robey Theatre Company has teamed up with East West Players to present an intriguing production of YOHEN directed by Ben Guillory. How generous an actor Danny Glover to cede the East West stage to June Angela's dominating performance of Sumi, the traditional, meek Japanese housewife finally coming into her own after 37 years of marriage to James (Glover's character).

BWW Interview: Ed Sylvanus Iskandar Gets CAUGHT At The Think Tank GalleryBWW Interview: Ed Sylvanus Iskandar Gets CAUGHT At The Think Tank Gallery
November 1, 2017

One of New York City's preeminent directors of immersive theatre Ed Sylvanus Iskandar will be joining creative forces with playwright Christopher Chen in the Los Angeles premiere of Christopher's Obie Award-winning CAUGHT. In another first, CAUGHT will be presented in a non-theatre venue, an actual art gallery, the Think Tank Gallery in Downtown L.A.

BWW Review: A FEMININE ENDING - An Incredible Showcase for the Talented Pilar HollandBWW Review: A FEMININE ENDING - An Incredible Showcase for the Talented Pilar Holland
October 29, 2017

The SRS Production Wing debuts its inaugural production with the fearless choice of playwright Sarah Treem's a feminine ending. Treem seamlessly and generously weaves music terminology into her descriptive expositions out of the mouth of her main character Amanda. Pilar Holland IS Amanda. The charismatic Holland imbues her charm and passion into Amanda, inviting the audience to accompany her on her bumpy road of life.

BWW Review: TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK - Smartly Written & Brilliantly ActedBWW Review: TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK - Smartly Written & Brilliantly Acted
October 28, 2017

The world premiere of Robert Allan Ackerman's two-hander TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK receives a strong mounting from Studio C Artists and Combined Artform. Ackerman's intricate, smart and very descriptive script depicts the meeting of theatre producer Greg and playwright Brendan at Brendan's remote cottage in Suffolk. Stephen Caffrey wows as Brendan. JD Cullum embodies his role of Greg.

BWW Interview: Kalean Ung Acting, Singing & Writing LETTERS from Cambodia to SoCalBWW Interview: Kalean Ung Acting, Singing & Writing LETTERS from Cambodia to SoCal
October 24, 2017

LETTERS FROM HOME marks the most personal reveal/presentation that writer/actress/singer Kalean Ung has ever undertaken. Based on her family history in Cambodia, specifically during the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s, Kalean explores her relatives' struggles and eventual rescue, while also describing her own experiences of growing up bi-racial and first generation in Southern California. Kalean most graciously and quickly responded to my probing inquiries.

BWW Review: The Actors' Gang's Regaling Political Commentary CAPTAIN GREEDY'S CARNIVAL Hits HomeBWW Review: The Actors' Gang's Regaling Political Commentary CAPTAIN GREEDY'S CARNIVAL Hits Home
October 13, 2017

If you like your entertainment sprinkled with a generous dose of politics, The Actors' Gang's world premiere of Jack Pinter's CAPTAIN GREEDY'S CARNIVAL will definitely be right up your alley. Set in the 1930s, during the heyday of traveling carnival sideshows, Pinter uses the carney swindling Captain Greedy's Carnival as a direct analogy to the ensnaring market crash of 2008, as well as, the present day political arena.

BWW Review: WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN - Witty Quips Connected By Stunning TechBWW Review: WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN - Witty Quips Connected By Stunning Tech
October 9, 2017

Playwright Julia Lederer's WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN focuses on the novel conceit of utilizing the actual organ of the heart in all references to the heart as love - actually breaking your heart, physically stealing your heart, a weak heart as the product of two broken-hearted parents, a heart made of yarn being caught on hooks and objects passing by. Lots of clever word play on 'heart.' Lederer smartly chooses to depict the aggressor as being a woman instead of a man.

BWW Review: Riotous GROUNDLINGS OF THE CORN - Well-Oiled For a Dee-lish Weekend Laugh AttackBWW Review: Riotous GROUNDLINGS OF THE CORN - Well-Oiled For a Dee-lish Weekend Laugh Attack
October 7, 2017

The Groundlings never cease to rock your funny bones. Their current laugh-packed Friday & Saturday night show GROUNDLINGS OF THE CORN keeps the hilarity charging right at you. Groundlings' ever stalwart director Deanna Oliver's takes tight, confident directorial reins over her comically gifted ensemble of eight as they inhabit their seriously funny (sometimes just by being serious) characters in the evening of eighteen guffaw-filled sketches.

BWW Interview: Jane Kaczmarek Stage Managing Her Future With Open & Always Entertaining CommunicationsBWW Interview: Jane Kaczmarek Stage Managing Her Future With Open & Always Entertaining Communications
October 5, 2017

The last time Jane Kaczmarek acted on the Los Angeles stage, she transformed into the morphine-addicted Mary Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Geffen Playhouse. Jane returns to the L.A. boards, this time in the traditionally-male role of Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN, just opened at The Pasadena Playhouse, in a co-production with Deaf West Theatre.

BWW Interview: CAGNEY's Joshua Bergasse - A Smash With Students & HONEYMOONERS Alike!BWW Interview: CAGNEY's Joshua Bergasse - A Smash With Students & HONEYMOONERS Alike!
October 4, 2017

The hit musical CAGNEY, direct from the Off-Broadway boards, will tap their tapping feets at the El Portal Theatre beginning October 5, 2017. This story of Hollywood legend James Cagney receives its complementary accentuations and punctuations from the double pullbacks, the shuffle ball changes and switching wings of award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse. Josh took a break from his time-stepping to answer our digging (another tap term) questions.



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