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March 25, 2004
It is only too bad that this wonderful account of a "real family" didn't make it to the front page of The Times (" 'Tia's Father' Says It All," March 18). As a parent of two children who came to my husband and me by adoption (as well as two children who did not come to us by adoption), I confirm Michael Kearns' experience: Bonds between parents and children are formed by shared experiences, not shared genes. Lynn F. Kessler Sherman Oaks KEARNS' story should put to rest the timeworn argument that gays are somehow different from straights (" 'Tia's Father' Says It All," March 18)
September 2, 2002
Cardinal Roger Mahony's personal tour of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels gives new meaning to the word "grandiosity" ("Mahony Shares His Delight at a Dream Made Manifest," Aug. 28). With each of Mahony's breathless descriptions, I was taken back to Jackie Kennedy's gushy televised tour of the White House during her stint as first lady. In a city plagued by a host of human tragedies resulting from poverty, among other ills, it's comforting to know that someone like Mahony can still find a place for high camp.
July 2, 1999 |
Everyone gets a chance to chomp the scenery in "Who's Afraid of Edward Albee?" Michael Kearns' original drama at Glaxa professes to examine the gay subtexts in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" However, somewhere along its careening route, the play veers, intentionally or not, into parody. Whatever Kearns' dramatic intent, this sprawling exercise in excess is consistently fascinating, as watchable as a train wreck and as feverishly histrionic as a Joan Crawford film festival.
May 24, 1999
Michael Alvear's asinine and meritless conclusion that what distinguishes "Ellen" from "Will and Grace" is that Ellen DeGeneres' show was "too gay" only encourages anti-gay thinking and lousy TV programming (Counterpunch, May 17). The reason "Will and Grace" is succeeding where "Ellen" did not is due to excellent writing and direction and, dare I add, hilarious comedic performances. "Ellen" was an unfunny bore. "Will and Grace" would have succeeded regardless of whether "Ellen" had ever existed.
June 18, 1998
"Tell-Tale Kisses"--Michael Kearns, left, will do a 3 p.m. Father's Day performance of his show on romanticism and mortality in gay life Sunday at Glaxa Studios. * "Rage Within/Without"--Kathy Randels performs her solo play about issues pushing women to anger and violence, opening tonight at Powerhouse Theatre. * "Love 40"--A new musical about women in their 40s, newly single and entering the dating game, opens Friday at Hudson Avenue Theatre.
May 1, 1998 |
Actor-playwright Michael Kearns is the kind to kiss and tell, but his confessions involve no betrayals in "Tell-Tale Kisses" at Highways now and later at Glaxa Studios. Quite the contrary. The unmistakable authenticity in this trio of monologues dealing with romanticism, denial and mortality is an affecting testimonial to the gay lifestyles he chronicles. Kearns' fictional personas convincingly represent three generations of gay men.