Daniel Is Always Wrong

An Ongoing Conversation between Joe and Daniel Kucan    DANIEL: I’ve always been a little more into political theater than you have, I think. But I’m completely frozen in regards to the jackass who just shot up our hometown. Do we do something? Do we make a piece of theater? What role, if any, do […]

I know a guy who likes to gleeful pronounce that “Theater is dead!” in the rounded tones of his fake, transatlantic speech affectation.

He thinks it makes him sound hip and cynical, I suspect. Whatever, man, he’s a theater guy. But a new article in Forbes would, um, support otherwise. Forbes is doing what Forbes does; basically breaking everything down to dollars and cents. But when the numbers are this big, it’s hard to argue with the details. […]

JR Reed is One of Those Guys Making a Quiet Career in the Arts

JR is a Las Vegas native, Bonanza High School graduate who now and for the last 20 years has been working exclusively as an actor, writer and musician in Hollywood. He’s been a zillion TV commercials, done gobs of prestigious LA theater, and worked with a who’s who list of celebrity actors and directors. On […]

Calling Pat Benatar: Shakespeare, Rock and Roll, and the Young Irony of Old Age

This weekend, I went to two separate events in Los Angeles that were linked in a way that I hadn’t anticipated. The first was a production by Independent Shakespeare of Two Gentlemen of Verona at Griffith Park. Shakespeare in the park is a dicey proposition under any circumstances. (Personally, I’ve done many “Free Shakespeare in […]

Meet Michael Bunin. Actually, you already know him; you just don’t realize it.

You can’t watch thirty minutes of television without seeing Michael Bunin a couple times. He shoots a zillion commercials a year. You’ve seen a bunch of them, trust me. They are very funny. Michael has an uncanny ability to mix a likable guy-next-door vibe with cutting humor and the sort of insight that only the […]