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January 23, 1992 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Michael Kearns will bring his one-man show "intimacies" to UC Santa Barbara's Main Theatre Saturday in conjunction with Sexual Awareness Week. Using just a red scarf and a chair as props, Kearns portrays six characters, with nothing in common except that they have AIDS. The characters presented are drawn from Kearns' original version of the show and his follow-up, "more intimacies." Kearns has himself tested positive for HIV, the immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS.
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April 22, 2006
RE "It's Time We Looked," by Patrick Goldstein, April 18: Sadly, "United 93" will probably not do all that well at the box office because Americans (who love to pretend they're still as tough as the World War II generation) hate to feel "bad" about anything -- thus, the reactions to the previews. LYNN PARANA Los Angeles PATRICK GOLDSTEIN notes that the most effective movies about the Vietnam War and Watergate "were not about the events themselves," but he lauds the "documentary-style" and "no-nonsense authority" of "United 93's" director, Paul Greengrass.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 1992 | JANICE ARKATOV, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It began with what Michael Kearns calls "a little sexual dalliance." The result is "Rock" (opening Friday at Highways), a new solo show about homophobia, artistic identity, show biz . . . and his own 1983 encounter with Rock Hudson. "Rock was a classic victim," said Kearns, who, long tagged as "the only openly gay actor in Hollywood," was sought by the media for comment upon Hudson's death. "He was a victim of this town, of alcohol, of his looks, of the system, of his own publicity.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2004 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Good art often springs from life's creases, where planes of experience meet at odd angles and in strange, contradictory ways -- yet fold together into coherent, satisfying shapes. In that light, one could say that Michael Kearns is caught up in trying to fashion an elaborate origami for the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1994 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a frequent contributor to Calendar
For more than 20 years, Michael Kearns has divided his time between the highly visible world of mainstream TV and film and the less-seen arena of gay theater. It hasn't been a cakewalk. But what Kearns is best known for is the fact that he has insisted on working without camouflaging who he is--an outspoken, openly gay and, later, openly HIV-positive actor. He has, after all, been "out" for two decades in an entertainment industry infamous for its homophobia.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1988
Back-to-back Sunday Calendars with openly gay men (Ted Schmitt, July 10, and Harvey Fierstein, July 17) on the covers? Faaaaaabulous . MICHAEL KEARNS Glendale
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1997
Performance artist. Michael Kearns will hold a work-in-progress reading of his new solopiece "Kiss & Tell," as a benefit for Caring for Babies With AIDS on Monday at 8 p.m. atStudio A, 2306 Hyperion Ave. on Silver Lake. Admission is by pay-what-you-can donation. Information: (213) 661-8311.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Breaking Silence: Gay actor Michael Kearns said Monday he is infected with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS. Appearing on NBC's "A Closer Look" after the widow of actor Brad Davis, Kearns said he was inspired by Davis' story to break silence about his own illness. Kearns is star of a one-man stage show titled "Intimacies." In that show, now in Washington, he plays seven different people with AIDS. Kearns said he previously refused to answer questions about his health.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1995
I'm grateful to be acknowledged for my work in "A Mother's Prayer" (" 'Prayer': An AIDS Drama With Impact," Calendar, Aug. 2), but I feel compelled to clarify my health status: I remain HIV-positive, having not yet been given an official AIDS diagnosis. While the idea of separating myself from people who have been diagnosed is not something I regularly practice, as someone who continues to make a portion of my living as an actor in Hollywood, I must. Being an openly gay, publicly HIV-positive AIDS activist-artist is enough of a deterrent to my employability.
HOME & GARDEN
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)
OPINION
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 1985
Regarding Michael Kearns' belief that no one in Los Angeles has staged an "AIDS play" before now (Stage Week, " 'Night Sweat': The Nightmare of AIDS," by Janice Arkatov, May 12), perhaps Kearns simply hasn't noticed. In December, 1983, and January, 1984, Bill Kaiser and Glen Moore of Wilde Productions staged "One" by Jeff Hagedorn, a single-character play about a man with AIDS. This play, too, offered hope within the gloomy subject matter, and was acted wonderfully by Los Angeles actor John Behrens.
HOME & GARDEN
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1997
Performance artist. Michael Kearns will hold a work-in-progress reading of his new solopiece "Kiss & Tell," as a benefit for Caring for Babies With AIDS on Monday at 8 p.m. atStudio A, 2306 Hyperion Ave. on Silver Lake. Admission is by pay-what-you-can donation. Information: (213) 661-8311.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1997
In relation to Ellen DeGeneres and her gal pal Anne Heche coming out as lesbians ("What's the Problem? Let Her Do Her Job," Counterpunch, May 5), Lizzie Borden hopes that "gay activists resist the urge to politicize the situation for their own purposes." Own purposes? As a gay activist (who happens to be an openly gay actor), my purpose is to be treated with the same respect afforded anyone else on this planet or in this town. I'll use whatever is necessary--politically or personally--to achieve what I rightfully deserve.
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