Writer: 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 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.

Writer/Actor Matthew Scott Montgomery Mashing Up Disney Millennials With Seasoned L.A. Theatre-Goers

Expanded and polished, Matthew Scott Montgomery‘s multi-award-winning DEAD BOYS begins at the Celebration Theatre July 1, 2018. Matthew’s one-act on two millennials trapped alone in their old high school basement morphed into a full-length dark, but comedic piece. Matthew most amiably agreed to answer my probing inquiries. Thanks for agreeing to this interview, Matthew! How … Continue reading Writer/Actor Matthew Scott Montgomery Mashing Up Disney Millennials With Seasoned L.A. Theatre-Goers


Some Enchanted Evening, John Cudia Will Bring Him Home With Just The Music of the Night

The perennial Rodgers & Hammerstein favorite SOUTH PACIFIC with its magnificent songs and its oh-so relevant messages will light up the stage at The Soraya April 13 to 15, and then on to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts April 20 through May 13. John Cudia, the first and only actor to have performed … Continue reading Some Enchanted Evening, John Cudia Will Bring Him Home With Just The Music of the Night


Whitefire Theatre's Jake O'Flaherty Welcomes All in SHORTS

Producer/actor/career coach Jake O’Flaherty has lived and breathed the Whitefire Theatre Company since he and Bryan Rasmussen (Whitefire Theatre’s artistic director since 2005) started it in 2013. With diversity one of the hot button topics at issue to discuss, Jake gives us Whitefire’s take on running a theatre company with inclusiveness, while also carefully balancing … Continue reading Whitefire Theatre's Jake O'Flaherty Welcomes All in SHORTS


Jim Beaver Waxes Poetic on Theatre West & His Path Leading to THE NIGHT FORLORN

Many will recognize Jim Beaver as Whitney Ellsworth in the 2004-2006 hit TV series Deadwood, and now currently on your television screens as Bobby Singer in Supernatural. Jim will be appearing sans TV screen and on stage at his theatre home base Theatre West in THE NIGHT FORLORN opening March 16, 2018. An consistently busy … Continue reading Jim Beaver Waxes Poetic on Theatre West & His Path Leading to THE NIGHT FORLORN


Jeff Campanella Getting Familiar With Garry Marshall, Maria Callas & Neil Simon

Jeff Campanella already has earned the distinction of being the only actor to be part of both the recently re-named Garry Marshall Theatre‘s inaugural season’s first and second productions. Jeff goes from ‘stage managing’ Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS to being a vital contributor in Neil Simon’s homage to his beginnings as part of a … Continue reading Jeff Campanella Getting Familiar With Garry Marshall, Maria Callas & Neil Simon


Director Jules Aaron Waxes Poetic on TWO FISTED LOVE & His Love of Los Angeles Theatre

A frequently credited directorial name in the Los Angeles Theatre community, Jules Aaron graciously stepped in at the eleventh hour to direct TWO FISTED LOVE, already in previews opening February 10, 2018 at the Odyssey Theatre. We got the chance to chat with Jules on his backstory with David Sessions‘ TWO FISTED LOVE and his … Continue reading Director Jules Aaron Waxes Poetic on TWO FISTED LOVE & His Love of Los Angeles Theatre


PRISCILLA's Jessica Hanna Making Outsized Theatre Magic Within Intimate L.A. Parameters

The Celebration Theatre will be presenting the Los Angeles intimate theatre premiere of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL as their second show of their 2017-2018 season, beginning February 10, 2018. We had the opportunity to chat with a die-hard, creative contributor to the Los Angeles Theatre community, Jessica Hanna, who just happens … Continue reading PRISCILLA's Jessica Hanna Making Outsized Theatre Magic Within Intimate L.A. Parameters


It's A WALK IN THE WOODS for Ken Sawyer to Direct Uniquely & Honestly

A consistently, in-demand, creative force in the Los Angeles Theatre community, director Ken Sawyer will be directing his latest project A WALK IN THE WOODS beginning February 9, 2018 at the Actors Co-op Theatre Company’s Crossley Theatre. Ken managed to carve out a few moments of his time between rehearsals of Lee Blessing‘s 1987 Pulitzer … Continue reading It's A WALK IN THE WOODS for Ken Sawyer to Direct Uniquely & Honestly


Director Rachel Chavkin SOUNDing On Bess Wohl, Being the Audience's Proxy & The Gift of Re-Do's

Director Rachel Chavkin has had her creative input in the various reincarnations of Bess Wohl‘s SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS since its inaugural production at Ars Nova in 2015. We had the opportunity to chat with Rachel just before she began rehearsals for this current (and third edition) to be presented at The Broad Stage beginning January … Continue reading Director Rachel Chavkin SOUNDing On Bess Wohl, Being the Audience's Proxy & The Gift of Re-Do's


It's Not A MIRACLE That Keeps Beth Grant Busy Acting – It's Her Hard Work & Big Heart That Does!

Those needing their Holiday fix of MIRACLE ON 34th STREET will have the opportunity to catch the presentation of its original 1947 radio play version at The Pasadena Playhouse (which just opened December 14, 2017). Cameron Watson directs this perennial holiday classic of Gimbels’ Santa Claus featuring Alfred Molina, Peri Gilpin and Beth Grant, with Yvette … Continue reading It's Not A MIRACLE That Keeps Beth Grant Busy Acting – It's Her Hard Work & Big Heart That Does!


Jeremy Rabb & Deborah Strang CAROL-ing & Making NOISES Together

A Noise Within continues its annual Christmas tradition of presenting A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The sixth edition of ANW’s Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott’s distinctive take on the Charles Dickens classic has already opened earlier this month. Many cast members return to perform in the same roles they’ve inhabited before. We had the … Continue reading Jeremy Rabb & Deborah Strang CAROL-ing & Making NOISES Together


SANTASIA's Shaun Loeser On How Family, Fun & A Funny Father Merge For A Most Hysterical Show

An annual Valley holiday staple for a raucous time to be had by all, SANTASIA – A HOLIDAY COMEDY opens December 1, 2017 at The Whitefire Theatre. We had the chance to chat with one of the co-founders of SANTASIA, Shaun Loeser on the familial inspiration and family ties that creatively bind this troupe of … Continue reading SANTASIA's Shaun Loeser On How Family, Fun & A Funny Father Merge For A Most Hysterical Show

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