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.

Paul Millet Sleuthing His Way Through Sir Conan-Doyle's Mysteries

Unbound Productions, creator of the immersive Wicked Lit and History Lit events, will be world-premiering their first Mystery Lit show, HOLMES, SHERLOCK AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE at the Santa Anita Train Depot beginning June 2, 2017. Continuing with Unbound's mission of producing immersive, theatrical experiences of classic stories; co-founder Jonathan Josephson has adapted three of Sir … Continue reading Paul Millet Sleuthing His Way Through Sir Conan-Doyle's Mysteries


A Very Candid Alexandra Billings Wants Only Screams of Laughter

Transparent star Alexandra Billings' latest autobiographical performance piece S/HE & ME: A THEATRICAL CABARET will be playing at The Renberg Theatre opening this Thursday June 1, 2017. Acting since 1968, Alexandra can legitimately claim that she's the first transgender actress to perform practically every role she's taken on. Alexandra took a moment from her busy rehearsal … Continue reading A Very Candid Alexandra Billings Wants Only Screams of Laughter


Inside the Creative Minds Behind MEMORY 5D+ - A Harmonic, Yet Explosive Experience

I had the pleasure of sitting down with four of the creatives of MEMORY 5D+ - AN IMMERSIVE MUSICAL ODYSSEY TO A DISTANT PAST at their satellite production offices in Alhambra - from China, its creator Ulan Xuerong, musicians Erkin Abdulla and Lucina Yue; and from California, writer John Hughes. With the wonderful assist of … Continue reading Inside the Creative Minds Behind MEMORY 5D+ - A Harmonic, Yet Explosive Experience


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 is the most relatable retelling of … Continue reading WOODS' Evan Harrington's Baking Up Some Tasty Theatrical Treats


Jordan Black Colorfully Clarifies the Origins of His The Black Version

The Black Version, LA's best kept secret for outrageous laughter for all colors of people will premiere their latest incarnation May 6, 2017 at Largo. Since debuting at The Groundlings Theater in 2010, this all African-American cast has had audiences rolling in the aisles hysterically reacting to their 'black version' of popular, typically non-black films. … Continue reading Jordan Black Colorfully Clarifies the Origins of His The Black Version


Playwright James Harris Merrily Makes His World Go Round the Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Public Theatre will world premiere AN ILLEGAL START, featuring the combined talents of Santa Monica denizens Tony Award-winning actor Paul Sand and playwright/Santa Monica Pier Restoration's deputy director James Harris. Paul will direct James' new play in the Santa Monica Pier's national landmark, the Looff Hippodrome. James' story of two complete strangers … Continue reading Playwright James Harris Merrily Makes His World Go Round the Santa Monica Pier


RSC's Jerry Kernion Muses On His Abridged History of Working TV, Cirque du Soleil & the RSC

Director Jerry Kernion returns to The Falcon Theatre with the latest installment of The Reduced Shakespeare Company's laughfests, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED) opening March 22, 2017.  Last year, Jerry, a long-time member of RSC, helmed THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED) to deserved critical acclaim. Thank you for taking the time for this … Continue reading RSC's Jerry Kernion Muses On His Abridged History of Working TV, Cirque du Soleil & the RSC


Mr. Gazillionaire On Delivering His Intoxicating ABSINTHE to Your Laps

With an award-laden, six-year run in Caesars Palace in Vegas; ABSINTHE, hosted by its incomparable master of ceremonies Mr. Gazillionaire, will be playing at LA Live starting March 22, 2017 for a limited engagement. Better Lemons and I were fortunate enough The Gazillionaire could find a couple of minutes to answer our probing, tongue-in-cheek queries. … Continue reading Mr. Gazillionaire On Delivering His Intoxicating ABSINTHE to Your Laps


Multi-Mediums Writer Gary Goldstein Comments on His Teaching, His Chairing & His Latest Writing APRIL, MAY & JUNE

Playwright Gary Goldstein will be world premiering his latest APRIL, MAY & JUNE at Theatre 40 March 16, 2017. Gary managed to make some time in between his writing, chairing and rehearsing for Better Lemons and myself to address his writing, chairing and rehearsing of APRIL, MAY & JUNE. Thank you for agreeing to this … Continue reading Multi-Mediums Writer Gary Goldstein Comments on His Teaching, His Chairing & His Latest Writing APRIL, MAY & JUNE


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 rehearsals to enlighten Better-Lemons readers with … Continue reading Not Man Apart's Passionate Jones (Welsh) Talmadge - The Perfect Artistic Conduit for the Current Times


Bill Brochtrup Reflects on Antaeus' Contributions to LA Theatre & Revitalized Objectives in New Glendale Digs

The Antaeus Theatre Company has been a vital artistic component of the NoHo Theatre District for quite a few years now. Not only does Antaeus put on solidly-produced shows, they also provide theatre training for budding actors with community outreach to high schoolers and seniors. Now on the eve of staging an open house of … Continue reading Bill Brochtrup Reflects on Antaeus' Contributions to LA Theatre & Revitalized Objectives in New Glendale Digs


The 7 Fingers' Shana Carroll on Jumping Through Hoops & Hanging From the Rafters To Make the Tastiest Banana Bread

Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers) will be appearing at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage February 16 through 18 with their latest creation CUISINE & CONFESSIONS. Better-Lemons and I had the opportunity to chat with Shana Carroll, the co-founding artistic director of The 7 Fingers. We touched on The 7 … Continue reading The 7 Fingers' Shana Carroll on Jumping Through Hoops & Hanging From the Rafters To Make the Tastiest Banana Bread

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