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.

Nike Doukas Accenting Her Way From The Cockney Streets To The Royal Court

Actress Nike Doukas will be doing double duty in Pasadena Playhouse’s latest production of KING CHARLES III, previewing on November 8, 2017. Besides taking on the character of ‘Ghost,’ Nike’s accent coaching expertise will be utilized to achieve maximum British effect of the various British characters. Nike was most...

TOLSTOY IN SUFFOLK review

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 first meeting of theatre producer Greg and playwright Brendan at Brendan's remote cottage in Suffolk.

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A FEMININE ENDING review

Pilar Holland IS Amanda, effortlessly tackling the lengthy accounts of how she got to her present situation -forsaking her classical music roots, writing commercial jingles and marrying a future rock star. The charismatic Holland imbues her charm and passion into Amanda, inviting the audience to accompany her on her bumpy road of life. Micah Parker's Jack initially seduces Amanda with his sexy vocals and his captivating allure. Parker and Holland have red-hot chemistry together as Jack and Amanda flirt and argue and love and fight and fall back into each others' arms. Would not mind if this play were just a two-hander with these two battling it out.

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YOHEN review

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). Angela's Sumi (running the gambit of emotions from very proper Japanese to flirty date to full-blown, frustrated wife yearning for more, demanding for more of anything) takes full advantage to tower over Glover's committed portrayal of an aged, fumbling, despondent James, many times at lost with his own words.

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WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN review

Much credit to Paige Lindsey White for initially charming as Anabel, a fellow train passenger, who after a few train stop brakings and bumping to George, falls in love with him and obsessively pursues him. If genders were switched, with the Anabel character a man, and George's a woman; the cute, non-threatening stalking would be quite unsavory and nothing to laugh at.

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GROUNDLINGS OF THE CORN review

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 18 guffaw-filled sketches.

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CAPTAIN GREEDY’S CARNIVAL - A MUSICAL NIGHTMARE review

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. Will Thomas McFadden firmly directs his large talented, committed cast at a fast, steady pace, while also fully embodying the central role of Captain Greedy.

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Thelma Houston's Heart is Full of Love - and She Loves to Entertain

Some artists and their signature songs keep coming back, revised, renewed, remixed.

Ms. Thelma Houston and her 1976 hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way” never get old; both artist and song always seeming fresh and brand-new. On the eve of her upcoming Los Angeles appearance in MY MOTOWN MEMORIES &...

Dot-Marie Jones Wrestling From A Glee-ful Beiste Into an OUR TOWN Gossip

Dot-Marie Jones has been acting professionally since 1992, but it's her five-year stint as Coach Beiste in the Fox hit series Glee that propelled her into instant street recognition. Dot's latest acting gig has her portraying the character of Mrs. Soames in Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN, a co-production of...