Review On The Best Man

Gil Kaan

Writer, Registered Critic

Gary Lee Reed directs a committed, but uneven cast. Curious interpretation having the opposing candidates running for president as polar opposites, flip sides of a coin. Mark Belnick’s Governor William Russell is everything John Ruby’s Senator Joseph Cantwell isn’t. While Ruby’s Cantwell charms, had lots of charisma, self-confidence and a take charge energy; Belnick’s bland, unassuming Russell has none. Hard to imagine Belnick’s Russell even speaking in front of an audience to campaign for president, let alone governor.

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.