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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Val Kilmer in "Citizen Twain."

Val Kilmer is touring the United States with  a filmed version of his stage play of "Citizen Twain." I urge you all to see it.

"Citizen Twain" embraces Mark Twain in ways that reaches out to the contemporary mind, young and old.

I was honored to see the entire movie at the "Funnybone" in Columbus, Ohio.  Look for it in your city. You will not be disappointed.

On a personal note, I found Val to be very kind and a great wit. Yes, he looks frail, but his spirit is unflagging.

The following review and interview is a bit dated, but it truly conveys the essence of what the play is all about. I found the performance very fresh and inspiring, as I did the author, Val Kilmer. It's a masterpiece of work, which takes the 1800s Mark Twain into the 21st century.

Filled with quips, regarding modern politics and social issues, this blend  of Mark Twain's writings and the author's (Val Kilmer) observations, are woven into an incredibly entertaining tapestry of modern thought.

04/11/2013 10:53 am ET | Updated Jun 11, 2013

Val Kilmer Is, I Mean As, Mark Twain

Val Kilmer was not at all what I expected. Come to think of it, I wasn’t sure what I expected when I arrived at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas, TX to interview Kilmer. He’s in town work shopping the one-man show he is currently developing, Citizen Twain. He recently performed the piece at Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA on April 6. From April 18-21, he can be found at the Wyly.
“We’re [on] like a big Broadway tour now with a set and everything,” Val Kilmer said with a roguish smile as we sat down to talk. “Want to see pictures?” He showed me photos of the set on his phone and then we began chatting like old friends. Not always the case when interviewing celebrities. At all. But Kilmer proved to be charming, incredibly intelligent, and completely taken with Mark Twain, the subject of his new show.

Oh, did I meet my 30 year favorite male star? Yes, I did!

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