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 Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To BeBWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be
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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: 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.

BWW Interview: Greenway Arts Alliance's Whitney Weston & Pierson Blaetz Talk Flea Markets, Teaching Kids & Loving LUCYBWW Interview: Greenway Arts Alliance's Whitney Weston & Pierson Blaetz Talk Flea Markets, Teaching Kids & Loving LUCY
October 3, 2017

Greenway Arts Alliance has been in the business of entertaining, educating, and giving back in L.A.'s Fairfax district for going on 20 years now. Their very effective, artistic three-prong mechanism of choice include: Greenway's Melrose Trading Post, Greenway Court Theatre and Greenway's Institute for the Arts. We had the opportunity to chat with the two co-founders and current co-artistic directors of GAA, Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz.

BWW Review: THE DANCE OF DEATH - A Not Quite Balanced PartneringBWW Review: THE DANCE OF DEATH - A Not Quite Balanced Partnering
September 30, 2017

Promoted as a precursor to Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, comparisons to Albee's masterpiece does August Strindberg's THE DANCE OF DEATH, here adapted by Conor McPherson, a disservice. Having seen Dame Diana Rigg and David Suchet battle it out as Martha and George in 1996 at the Almeida in London (and, of course, the unforgettable scenery-chewing film version with Taylor and Burton), how can any pair of present-day actors measure up?

BWW Review: RUNAWAY HOME - An Always Intense,  Somewhat Touching Katrina TaleBWW Review: RUNAWAY HOME - An Always Intense, Somewhat Touching Katrina Tale
September 25, 2017

Much props must be given to Camille Spirlin for her unflinching, unapologetic portrayal of the unsympathetic, totally evil main character of Kali, of which RUNAWAY HOME revolves around. Runaway teenager Kali has no hesitation in blackmailing a Latino storekeeper, scaring an elderly neighbor with the ghost of his dead wife, slapping her mother in her face or stone-faced lying about the life or deaths of her mother and grandmother.

BWW Review: History Revisited in THE VIEW UPSTAIRSBWW Review: History Revisited in THE VIEW UPSTAIRS
September 24, 2017

The west coast premiere of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS bursts with a high-energied hodge-podge of some great vocals, charming performances and wonderfully executed choreography. Playwright Max Vernon, through the eyes of a present-day electronically dependent fashion designer, retells the stories of victims of a fire by arson at the gay bar UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans back in June of 1973.

BWW Review: WALKING TO BUCHENWALD - A Walk Definitely Worth TakingBWW Review: WALKING TO BUCHENWALD - A Walk Definitely Worth Taking
September 16, 2017

The world premiere of playwright Tom Jacobson's WALKING TO BUCHENWALD receives a sturdy outing from Open Fist with the ensemble's strong performances of his three-dimensional characters steered firm-handedly by Roderick Menzies.

BWW Interview: Aaron Lazar Singing & Producing His Way FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOODBWW Interview: Aaron Lazar Singing & Producing His Way FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD
September 13, 2017

One of Broadway's consistently working leading men, Aaron Lazar will be showing off his not-oft-seen comic side along with his much lauded dulcet vocal tones in AN EVENING WITH AARON LAZAR: FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD. Teaming up with writers Bruce Vilanch and Scott Mauro, Aaron will present his cabaret at Rockwell Table & Stage Sept. 25. We grabbed the chance to pick Aaron's brain on just what the audience can expect in AN EVENING WITH AARON LAZAR.

BWW Interview: Playwright/Actress Halley Feiffer on Her Long Titles, Collaborations, & Growing Up FunnyBWW Interview: Playwright/Actress Halley Feiffer on Her Long Titles, Collaborations, & Growing Up Funny
September 8, 2017

Halley Feiffer's no stranger to the stage with her latest A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT SLOAN-KETTERING MEMORIAL CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY already in previews this first week of September at The Geffen Playhouse. A FUNNY THING..., however, will mark Halley's first time performing in her own work, after her self-described, humbling acting role in the theatre legends-studded THE FRONT PAGE earlier this year on Broadway.



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