Gil Kaan

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BWW Reviews: Definitely No Trouble Enjoying Scott Caan's THE TROUBLE WE COME FROMBWW Reviews: Definitely No Trouble Enjoying Scott Caan's THE TROUBLE WE COME FROM
Posted: Jun. 13, 2015


BWW Reviews: Stunning Voices Astound in KURT WEILL at the Cuttlefish HotelBWW Reviews: Stunning Voices Astound in KURT WEILL at the Cuttlefish Hotel
Posted: Jun. 15, 2015


BWW Reviews: ANT(aeu)S Rule an Appetizing PICNIC (with Tasty Stuffed Peppers) & Delicious CharactersANT(aeu)S Rule an Appetizing Picnic (with Tasty Stuffed Peppers) & Delicious Characters
Posted: Jun. 26, 2015


BWW Reviews: The Halfwits' Last Hurrah -Hysterically Hilarious in its Hollywood Fringe Festival OpenerBWW Reviews: The Halfwits' Last Hurrah -Hysterically Hilarious in its Hollywood Fringe Festival Open
Posted: Jun. 5, 2015


BWW Reviews: A PERMANENT IMAGE, An Exquisite Depiction of Familial Estrangement and Ultimate ControlBWW Reviews: A PERMANENT IMAGE, An Exquisite Depiction of Familial Estrangement
Posted: Jun. 8, 2015


BWW Reviews: Harvey Fierstein's 1987 ON TIDY ENDINGS - Still Witty, Still Raw, Still So RelevantBWW Reviews: Harvey Fierstein's 1987 ON TIDY ENDINGS - Still Witty, Still Raw, Still So Relevant
Posted: Jun. 8, 2015


BWW Reviews: The Aptly Titled THE IDIOT BOX - Not Quite Ready for PrimeTimeBWW Reviews: The Aptly Titled THE IDIOT BOX - Not Quite Ready for PrimeTime
Posted: Jun. 1, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: FOR THE RECORD: DEAR JOHN HUGHES - A Must-See, Kick-Ass Mash-Up of Hughes' Greatest HitsBWW Reviews: FOR THE RECORD: DEAR JOHN HUGHES - A Must-See
Posted: Feb. 17, 2015


BWW Reviews: Noisy Nest's PROOF Holds UpBWW Reviews: Noisy Nest's PROOF Holds Up
Posted: Mar. 16, 2015


BWW Reviews: Skylight Theatre Company Achieves Great Climax with its World Premiere THE SEXUAL LIFE OF SAVAGESBWW Reviews: Skylight Theatre Company Achieves Great Climax with its World Premiere THE SEXUAL LIFE OF SAVAGES
Posted: Jul. 7, 2014


BWW Reviews: Train to Zakopane: An Uncomfortable Ride to Destination HateBWW Reviews: Train to Zakopane: An Uncomfortable Ride to Destination Hate
Posted: Nov. 23, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE PENIS CHRONICLES - 8 Monologues in Search of a PlayBWW Reviews: THE PENIS CHRONICLES - 8 Monologues in Search of a Play
Posted: Nov. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: With Patience, OFF THE KING'S ROAD AccommodatesBWW Reviews: With Patience, OFF THE KING'S ROAD Accommodates
June 29, 2015

Neil Koenigsberg' Off the King's Road vividly illustrates the need for patience in dealing with your elders. The talented Tom Bower tackles the challenge of embodying a now single, unapologetic man going through his mundane everyday routines while grappling with continuing life alone without Betty, his wife of many years. Bower shines in the scene where he reveals what really led to his Betty's demise.
BWW Reviews: ANT(aeu)S Rule an Appetizing PICNIC (with Tasty Stuffed Peppers) & Delicious CharactersBWW Reviews: ANT(aeu)S Rule an Appetizing PICNIC (with Tasty Stuffed Peppers) & Delicious Characters
June 26, 2015

William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize winner Picnic certainly holds up quite well in Antaeus Theatre Company's expert and streamlined production. Cameron Watson directs his talented cast without any extraneous beats, moments, or gestures. Every little detail quite essential and integral to Inge's tale of a drifter's affect on a bunch of traditional Kansas folks back in 1952.
BWW Reviews: Stunning Voices Astound in KURT WEILL at the Cuttlefish HotelBWW Reviews: Stunning Voices Astound in KURT WEILL at the Cuttlefish Hotel
June 15, 2015

Paul Sand's Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel wows and astonishes with musical performances from two incredibly talented women Shay Astar and Kalean Ung. Sands has chosen various Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht compositions from their various hit shows and strung them together for a wonderful musical showcase of these two exceptionally expressive, richly voiced actress/singers extraordinaire.
BWW Reviews: TIMEHEART -Lo-Brow Sci-Fi Musical For Your Amusing DiversionBWW Reviews: TIMEHEART -Lo-Brow Sci-Fi Musical For Your Amusing Diversion
June 15, 2015

Timeheart 's 'Let's put on a show' vibe succeeds primarily due to the talents and stage presence of Dave Reynolds as Bruce Greenstreet, the inventor of the time machine/capsule. Reynolds' strong and pleasant vocals coupled with his sharp physical comedy antics and timing propel this story of how Greenstreet can repair all his noble invention's mishaps.
BWW Reviews: Definitely No Trouble Enjoying Scott Caan's THE TROUBLE WE COME FROMBWW Reviews: Definitely No Trouble Enjoying Scott Caan's THE TROUBLE WE COME FROM
June 13, 2015

Scott Caan has written a very witty and smart script in his world premiere of The Trouble We Come From. Charlie, oh-so-comfortably inhabited by Michael Weston, has invited his leading man and best friend Vince home for some mano-to-mano advice to help him out of his relationship dilemma. Caan's Vince's perfectly charismatic and charming as the all-bravado-on-the-outside, but sensitive- on-the-inside hunky leading man.
BWW Reviews: Harvey Fierstein's 1987 ON TIDY ENDINGS - Still Witty, Still Raw, Still So RelevantBWW Reviews: Harvey Fierstein's 1987 ON TIDY ENDINGS - Still Witty, Still Raw, Still So Relevant
June 8, 2015

Harvey Fierstein's one-act On Tidy Endings, originally part of his 1987 Safe Sex trilogy, holds up very well in the abled reins of director Sara Wagner and her kick-ass cast. Set in a time when gay men only came out of their closets on a need-to-know basis (ex-wives, kids), contracting AIDS equalled a death sentence. Still, the after-effects of a gay man dying have similar revelancy in 2015.
BWW Reviews: A PERMANENT IMAGE, An Exquisite Depiction of Familial Estrangement and Ultimate ControlBWW Reviews: A PERMANENT IMAGE, An Exquisite Depiction of Familial Estrangement and Ultimate Control
June 8, 2015

Rogue Machine produces a stunning mounting of the West Coast premiere of A Permanent Image. Playwright Samuel D. Hunter has created a stripped down, no-nonsense portrait of a family separated by distance, both emotional and physical, and the methods the parents will attempt to manipulate their destinies.
BWW Reviews: The Halfwits' Last Hurrah -Hysterically Hilarious in its Hollywood Fringe Festival OpenerBWW Reviews: The Halfwits' Last Hurrah -Hysterically Hilarious in its Hollywood Fringe Festival Opener
June 5, 2015

Too damn funny! How generous of co-writers Jamie Franta and Don Colliver to spread the abundance of laughs and good bits around to their entire cast. Each one of the talented troupe achieves their moment to shine in their deserved spotlights.
BWW Reviews: The Aptly Titled THE IDIOT BOX - Not Quite Ready for PrimeTimeBWW Reviews: The Aptly Titled THE IDIOT BOX - Not Quite Ready for PrimeTime
June 1, 2015

This very black comedy, The Idiot Box written by Michael Elyanow completely went over this critic's head as laughter never escaped from his mouth. (OK, maybe once.) Scenes in which the actors obviously went for the laughs, punctuated by the cheesy canned laughtracks fell flat. However, scenes played for straight-up dramatics killed.
BWW Reviews: Funny & Relatable Annabelle Gurwitch Succeeds with her I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORTBWW Reviews: Funny & Relatable Annabelle Gurwitch Succeeds with her I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT
May 18, 2015

In the Los Angeles premiere of I See You Made an Effort; Annabelle Gurwitch adeptly performs excerpts from her bestselling book of the same title. Gurwitch possesses a charismatic stage presence while definitively in control of her own storytelling. The main theme of her book/play revolves around her issues with reaching the magical age of 50.
BWW Reviews: GO FIGURE! THE RANDY GARDNER STORY - A Perfect Score Not Quite LandedBWW Reviews: GO FIGURE! THE RANDY GARDNER STORY - A Perfect Score Not Quite Landed
May 18, 2015

The world premiere of Go Figure! The Randy Gardner Story receives a not quite taut mounting in its initial outing at the NoHo Arts Center. Director Josh Ravetch, who co-wrote this with Gardner, allows his star to proceed with his biographical tales, some quite riveting, some very candid, at his own desired pace.
BWW Reviews: East West Players' THE WHO'S TOMMY - WOW! Just WOW!!!BWW Reviews: East West Players' THE WHO'S TOMMY - WOW! Just WOW!!!
May 14, 2015

East West Players has done it again with their spectacular production ofThe Who's Tommy. With an incredible band, vibrant vocals from the entire cast and stunning visuals, this 'little' theatre easily matches and betters many larger house productions.
BWW Reviews: THE HOUSE OF YES - Not a Place for EveryoneBWW Reviews: THE HOUSE OF YES - Not a Place for Everyone
May 11, 2015

For those who like their black comedy extremely black, The House of Yes just might be the perfect show for you! The House of Yes' ideal for those with the combined acquired taste for incest, mental illness, and unsympathetic characters.
BWW Reviews: GROUNDLINGS KUNG FU BATTLE ISLAND - The Ultimate Destination of LaughterBWW Reviews: GROUNDLINGS KUNG FU BATTLE ISLAND - The Ultimate Destination of Laughter
May 11, 2015

Groundlings Kung Fu Battle Island, the latest in The Groundlings' continued, well-oiled, laugh-filled Friday & Saturday night shows, just keeps the fine-tuned physical comedy and the hysterical jokes flowing.
BWW Reviews: Kritzerland's BERLIN TO ROME - Lovely Generations of MusicalityBWW Reviews: Kritzerland's BERLIN TO ROME - Lovely Generations of Musicality
May 4, 2015

Kritzerland's Berlin to Rome's theme unintentionally became 'generations,' as the youngster and the senior stole the show from the others of the talented line-up of singing pros.
BWW Reviews: Nadège August Simply Captivates as SUNSET BABY
May 2, 2015

The West Coast premiere of Dominique Morisseau's Sunset Baby provides a wonderful star vehicle for the very talented Nadege August. As the title character, August wholly embodies Nina, the troubled daughter of her recently deceased mother Ashanti X and her estranged father Kenyatta (who deserted the two of them long time ago to lead his revolution).
BWW Reviews: MY BARKING DOG Successfully Clears His Hurdle of CredibilityBWW Reviews: MY BARKING DOG Successfully Clears His Hurdle of Credibility
April 27, 2015

The Theatre's Co-Artistic Director, Michael Michetti skillfully directs his two brilliant actors (Ed F. Martin and Michelle Azar) in a streamlined, no-fat depiction of two lonely souls possibly finding their ultimate purpose in life.
BWW Reviews: BETRAYAL - A Bewilderment with a Motown SoundtrackBWW Reviews: BETRAYAL - A Bewilderment with a Motown Soundtrack
April 26, 2015

Harold Pinter's 1978 Betrayal gets an inventive re-mounting by director Aaron Craig as he augments Pinter's dialogues with musical interludes using jazz versions of Motown tunes.
BWW Reviews: LOOPHOLES: A PAIN IN THE I.R.S. - Laughable Deductions to ClaimBWW Reviews: LOOPHOLES: A PAIN IN THE I.R.S. - Laughable Deductions to Claim
April 16, 2015

World premiere of playwright Stan Rich's Loopholes: A Pain In The I.R.S. benefits from a very game cast of talented actors performing his fun, pun- galore, shtick-filled musical. The troupe's overall enthusiasm and commitment really pull off this 90-minute piece which possesses a very Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney, 'Let's go to the barn and put on a show' vibe.
BWW Reviews: Neil LaBute's THE BREAK OF NOON Goes On and On for the Love of God!BWW Reviews: Neil LaBute's THE BREAK OF NOON Goes On and On for the Love of God!
April 13, 2015

Kudos to George Villas for mastering Neil LaBute's extremely word-heavy monologues-the opening 20 minutes and the what-seemed-much-longer closing one. But Villas' Smith's long involved diatribes might be easier digested presented by a pivotal character more sympathetic and grounded.


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