Gil Kaan, a former Managing Editor of the now-defunct Genre magazine, has had the privilege of photographing and interviewing some major divas in his career, including Ann-Margret, Diana Ross, Faye Dunaway, Carol Channing, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bernhard, 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 and national outlets.
A photo montage of Gil’s Halloween Carnavale photos through the last decade was recently included in the WeHo@ 25 juried exhibition.

Chico's Angels' Frieda Lays It All Out For Ju

Chico's Angels latest VIVA LA CHICAS! A CHICO'S ANGELS VARIETY HOUR CHO will be premiering May 23, 2017 at The Cavern Club Celebrity Theater inside the Casita Del Campo Restaurant. A loving spoof on the 1970's hit TV series Charlie's Angels, Chico's Angels recruits three gorgeous, comedic Latina drag queens as the crime-solving private ai-yi-yi's....

Wayne Moore On Making His DREAMS A Reality

A popular LA cabaret and theatre mainstay for over a quarter of a century, singer/songwriter/musical director Wayne Moore has revamped his 1992 cabaret act FREEWAY DREAMS into a full-length musical production called, wait for it... FREEWAY DREAMS. Write Act Repertory will be producing it in their new space, Brickhouse Theatre in North...

WOODS' Evan Harrington's Baking Up Some Tasty Theatrical Treats

The classic INTO THE WOODS from the creative minds of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has been having a successful, standing-ovation-filled run at the Ahmanson Theatre (closing May 14). With Sondheim and Lapine's blessings, Fiasco Theater has re-interpreted their 1986 musical into a no-frills, bare-bones version that some say...

Director Glenn Casale's The Man Behind LA MANCHA

Don Quixote, with his sidekick Sancho and his Impossible Dreams will be fighting windmills at the Valley Performing Arts Center May 5 through May 7, 2017. Multi-award-winning director Glenn Casale will be helming his production with Davis Gaines reprising his award-winning role of Don Quixote. Better Lemons and I...

Rabbit Hole

RABBIT HOLE - one of the most satisfying, intense experiences in Los Angeles theatre I've had the pleasure of savoring. You need to see this one for yourself!

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Will North On Bringing His Talents To CMT

The Cabrillo Music Theatre, nestled in Ventura County, has been a theatre force to be reckon with for over 30 years. CMT consistently produces award-winning productions, along with providing outreach programs to kids, seniors and the military to give back to the community. Just this year, CMT welcomed to...

LONE STAR By James McClure

The Elephant Theatre Company\'s LONE STAR provides an interesting character study populated with three intriguing characters, the most being the younger brother Ray as embodied by Christopher Parker. Christopher Jordan fully commits to his character of Roy, the drunken, lost-to-himself Vietnam vet who spends his Saturday nights drinking bottle after bottle of Lone Star beer.

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Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers

The first act of the Skylight Theatre Company\'s world premiere of LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD\'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS presents a riveting, fast-paced, well-acted tale of Dee, a teenage girl experiencing the joys of young love and the pains and consequences of unexpected pregnancy. Corryn Cummins totally owns her role of Dee. Brava, Corryn Cummins!

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THE ENCOUNTER

The West Coast premiere of Complicite\'s THE ENCOUNTER amazes with its cutting-edge technology of 3-D audio. Co-creator/performer Simon McBurney commands the Wallis stage as he recalls National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre\'s 1969 photographic expedition into the depths of the Amazon rainforest.

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Man of La Mancha

The gasps were audible at the opening announcement that "The show will be one hour and forty minutes long without an intermission." But the hundred minutes flew by, culminating with an immediate standing ovation from the many tearful audience members. This critic was sobbing uncontrollably the last ten minutes of this production. (I cried even more than the many times I've seen A CHORUS LINE.)

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MARTHA

The incredible Christina Carlisi totally embodies this movement innovator with her very first hand gestures. Carlisi nails the physicality (the dancer's posture and carriage) of the aging, yet eternally youthful dancer effortlessly demonstrating Ms. Graham's iconic moves. The charismatic Carlisi authentically communicates Ms. Graham's delicious and creative spirit via Melaver's clever, snappy-lined narratives.

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FREE OUTGOING

East West Players' new Artistic Director Snehal Desai ambitiously tackles the US premiere of playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar's FREE OUTGOING as his directorial debut. Strong performances from the talented cast of five vividly illustrate the consequences of a video of the 15-year-old daughter engaged in a sex act going viral.

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Kay Cole’s Always On the LINE - Now For Los Angeles Audiences

Original A CHORUS LINE-er Kay Cole, now frequent Los Angeles theatre collaborator, has a new directorial project, John Patrick Shanley’s POISON opening March 9, 2017 at Theatre 68. Kay was most gracious to answer a few of our inquisitive questions.

Thank you, Kay for taking the time for this interview...

The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz

UMPO's continues its winning recipe for a raucous evening of laughs and musicality with its latest production THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF MEAN GURLZ. Take one part cult film favorite. Separate out the funny situations accenting them with witty, new lines. Add hit pop songs, repurposed to advance the original film plotline. And top it all off with a very talented, triple-threat cast. And what you have is a very tasty WOW!

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Liana and Ben

Circle X Theatre Co.'s world premiere of playwright Susan Rubin's LIANA AND BEN presents one of the best technical productions I've seen in small LA theatres. Walking into the Atwater Village Theatre, more than a number of entering audience members do a double take at the optical illusion right in front of their faces.

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Jackson-Lafitte: A Vaudeville

In JACKSON-LAFITTE: A VAUDEVILLE, Four Clowns cleverly re-envisions a probable pre-war encounter leading up to the historical 1814 Battle of New Orleans as a vaudeville skit, possibly and unintentionally drawing parallels to today's political climate.

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The Found Dog Ribbon Dance

The Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE succeeds in all its combined creative elements - clever, thought-provoking dialogue from Finocchiaro, emoted via a uniformly talented cast, and directed in a quick and smooth pace by Alana Dietze.

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Not Man Apart's Passionate Jones (Welsh) Talmadge - The Perfect Artistic Conduit for the Current Times

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble (NMA) and the Greenway Arts Alliance will join creative energies to produce PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY at Greenway Court Theatre, beginning March 3 10, 2017. NMA's multi-hat-wearing Co-Artistic Director Jones (Welsh) Talmadge took time out from his company responsibilities and his PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY...

The Many Phases of the Unfazeable Rain Pryor

The Jewish Women's Theatre will produce the Los Angeles premiere of Rain Pryor's new solo outing FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES at the Braid, beginning February 16th. Actress/comedian/songtress/writer, Rain performs her autobiographical performance piece covering her early years as the bi-racial child of a broken home, through coping with being...

The Found Dog Ribbon Dance

The Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE succeeds in all its combined creative elements - clever, thought-provoking dialogue from Finocchiaro, emoted via a uniformly talented cast, and directed in a quick and smooth pace by Alana Dietze.

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Plasticity

The world premiere of PLASTICITY, a one-man show featuring Alex Lyras as an entire cast of characters, has the great fortune of a multi-talented performer in Lyras interpreting a very detailed script written by Lyras and Robert McCaskill. McCaskill ably directs his sole actor at a quick pace, with Lyras sometimes acting against himself as different characters.

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The SantaLand Diaries

Humorist David Sedaris' Christmas classic THE SANTALAND DIARIES receives a successfully fun mounting by the Santa Monica Playhouse. Sedaris fills his one-man show with loads of different characters, which a charismatic Patrick Censoplano effortlessly handles. Censoplano seamlessly morphs and delineates into dozens of characters via his varied modification of body language and assortment of accented-lined deliveries.

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GARDEL'S TANGO

The world premiere of playwright John R. Lacey\'s GARDEL\'S TANGO serves as a unabashed showcase for Anibal Silveyra, who\'s allowed complete free rein in his portrayal of real-life, turn-of-the-century, international film star Carlos Gardel. Silveyra easily commands centerstage in this cast of six with his heightened silent movies/early talkies methodology of theatrics. Silveyra possesses a beautiful and strong operatic voice with a charismatic stage presence.

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KENTUCKY

The East West Players\' West Coast premiere of playwright Leah Nanako Winkler\'s KENTUCKY stuns and enthralls with its highly dramatic, polarizing emotions emoted by its almost perfect cast. Winkler has written a most involving piece of theatre that walks a razor-thin tightrope between knee-slapping comedy and heartstring-tugging drama. Very nice!

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THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY

The Los Angeles premiere of THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY receives a full-throttled, laugh-filled mounting from a very talented cast and its off-stage creatives. John Flynn nimbly directs his committed performers at a smooth, swift pace from laugh to laugh to even more laughs. The Combined comic geniuses of Grace, Reino, Samuels, Semar & Wessels must be lauded for this clever, witty script; both spoken and sung.

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BAKERSFIELD MIST

The revival of playwright Stephen Sach\'s BAKERSFIELD MIST features two stunning performances from its original stars Jenny O\'Hara and Nick Ullett.

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WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES

John Henry Davis most deftly directs his wonderful cast at a smooth and steady pace through the emotional highs and lows of a racially charged era (that unfortunately, doesn't seem so long ago). Michael Mullen vividly costumes his cast in the appropriate 1930s, '40s and '50s flashy garb.

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