Gil Kaan

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BWW Reviews: SNEAKY OLE TIME Will Have You Clapping Along, Tapping Your Toes and Laughing in No TimeBWW Reviews: SNEAKY OLE TIME Will Have You Clapping Along
Posted: Aug. 10, 2015


BWW Review: GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS Charismatically Commands Your Presence and You Must GoGOD’S MAN IN TEXAS Charismatically Commands Your Presence and You Must Go
Posted: Aug. 17, 2015


BWW Review: STUPID SONGS PRESENTS STUPID GOLD Featuring Stupidly Funny and Stupidly Incredible Singers!STUPID SONGS PRESENTS STUPID GOLD Featuring Stupidly Funny & Incredible Singers
Posted: Aug. 19, 2015


BWW Reviews: Witty NO HOMO Provides a Thoroughly Entertaining Tale of a Misconceived BromanceWitty NO HOMO Provides a Thoroughly Entertaining Tale of a Misconceived Bromance
Posted: Aug. 10, 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: 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 Review: CAFE SOCIETY - An Almost Satisfying Coffee BreakBWW Review: CAFE SOCIETY - An Almost Satisfying Coffee Break
August 24, 2015

The world premiere of Emmy-winning writer Peter Lefcourt 's CAFE SOCIETY deserves credit for attempting a hostage situation as a satisfying sitcom dramedy. A frequent collaborator, Terri Hanauer directs her game cast of seven. Kudos to Yee Eun Nam for her novel, innovative projection design utilizing the two huge menu boards as video screenshots of various text messages, incoming Caller IDs, web searches and TV news programs.
BWW Review: STUPID SONGS PRESENTS STUPID GOLD Featuring Stupidly Funny and Stupidly Incredible Singers!BWW Review: STUPID SONGS PRESENTS STUPID GOLD Featuring Stupidly Funny and Stupidly Incredible Singers!
August 19, 2015

On August 18th, The Stupid Songs Troupe wowed the packed house of the Rockwell Table & Stage with their fast-paced 70-minutes of 18 non-stop songs of high hilarity and witty, hysterical lyrics. Director Keri Safran begins the fun with 'Stupid Gold,' her re-written lyrics to the tune of 'Xanadu.' Backed by twelve of her enthusiastic troupe-mates, this opener sets the audience up for the lofty amusement that follows.
BWW Review: GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS Charismatically Commands Your Presence and You Must GoBWW Review: GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS Charismatically Commands Your Presence and You Must Go
August 17, 2015

In GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS, multi-hyphenate David Rambo has written a very smart and involving script on the inner workings of a successful Baptist church empire. Rambo also quite ably directs his trio of highly skilled actors in a firmly-reined, tight, well-crafted production. All three actors adeptly give their respective roles the distinct qualities essential to the believability and realism of their characters.
BWW Review: GROUNDLINGS RED LIGHT DISTRICT Provides Multiple Happy Endings LaughingBWW Review: GROUNDLINGS RED LIGHT DISTRICT Provides Multiple Happy Endings Laughing
August 15, 2015

GROUNDLINGS RED LIGHT DISTRICT, most assuredly continues The Groundling's well-earned reputation of being one of the funniest improvisational and sketch comedy troupes in Los Angeles, if not the entire United States. Ably directed by Karen Maruyama, the evening features the talented Groundling members Mikey Day,Allison Dunbar,Andrew Friedman, Kevin Kirkpatrick, andMichael Naughton.
BWW Reviews: Witty NO HOMO Provides a Thoroughly Entertaining Tale of a Misconceived BromanceBWW Reviews: Witty NO HOMO Provides a Thoroughly Entertaining Tale of a Misconceived Bromance
August 10, 2015

In NO HOMO, playwright Brandon Baruch has written a very funny, smart and realistic script on the perceived misconceptions of Ash and Luke's relationship. Their respective siblings and their friends think the two admittedly hetero guys really cohabitate as lovers and not just roommates. Jessica Hanna directs her talented cast at a fairly rapid pace keeping the laughs coming in between the many realistic but involving conflicts.
BWW Reviews: Actor James Sherman Shines in His THE BEN HECHT SHOWBWW Reviews: Actor James Sherman Shines in His THE BEN HECHT SHOW
August 10, 2015

The West Coast Premiere of The Ben HechtShow, ably directed by Dennis Zacek, showcases the charismatic performance of James Sherman in the titular role. In The Ben HechtShow, playwright Sherman has written many a witty line ('She didn't have any anti-Semitic germs.') and dropped many a famous name (Moss Hart, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Muni, Stella Adler, Edward G. Robinson, Sidney Lumet, to name a few).
BWW Reviews: SNEAKY OLE TIME Will Have You Clapping Along, Tapping Your Toes and Laughing in No TimeBWW Reviews: SNEAKY OLE TIME Will Have You Clapping Along, Tapping Your Toes and Laughing in No Time
August 10, 2015

Ruskin Group Theatre's world premiere of Sneaky Ole Time makes for a delightful, easy-breezy, light-hearted two hours filled with clever songs by Grammy-winning writer Paul Overstreet and solid performances by its cast of nine triple-threats. Michael Myers directs his talented ensemble at a steady, easy-going pace. Providing strong musical support, musical director Cliff Wagner leads the nicely laid-back Halfway Home House Band.
BWW Reviews: Come to LUKA'S ROOM for a Totally Satisfying Experience!BWW Reviews: Come to LUKA'S ROOM for a Totally Satisfying Experience!
August 3, 2015

Rob Mersola has written a wonderfully witty, realistic, totally shocking 'family drama' in the world premiere of his Luka's Room. Two major surprises in plot you will not see coming. But after theses 'surprises,' you realize Mersola has previously set up the plot points to make total sense. A brilliant script delivered beautifully by a exceptional cast, excitingly directed by Joshua Bitton at an intense, high-energy fast clip.
BWW Reviews: CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC Lyrically Teaches Racism 101BWW Reviews: CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC Lyrically Teaches Racism 101
August 3, 2015

If, for some inexplicable reason one didn't know, the world premiere of Citizen: An American Lyric will make it a point to educate you that racism exists. The multi-awarding winning book of poetry of the same name by Claudia Rankine, on which Stephen Sachs has adapted, will reinforce the many instances that black people deal with racism from their white counterparts. Citizen, ably directed by Shirley Jo Finney, succeeds more as a poetic performance art piece than an actual scripted play.
BWW Reviews: Monty Python's SPAMALOT Splendidly Delivers Ham-a-Lot, Via Puns-a-Lot, Making Everyone Laugh-a-Lot!BWW Reviews: Monty Python's SPAMALOT Splendidly Delivers Ham-a-Lot, Via Puns-a-Lot, Making Everyone Laugh-a-Lot!
August 1, 2015

Hollywood Bowl succeeds again with their most entertaining, head-shakingly pun-ny, visually stimulating production of Monty Python's Spamalot. Director BT McNicholl keeps his talented cast soft-shoe-ing, high kicking, horse-riding, sword lifting and just laugh-inducing at a steady, 'can't catch my breath from laughing' pace.
BWW Reviews: An Energetic, Enthusiastic El Grande CIRCUS de Coca-Cola Missing a Little FizzBWW Reviews: An Energetic, Enthusiastic El Grande CIRCUS de Coca-Cola Missing a Little Fizz
July 27, 2015

The talented five-member cast, directed by Alan Shearman, certainly must be commended on their commitment and enthusiasm as they interact with the audience as second-rate circus artists and plow through their intentionally bad vaudeville routines. Just as a clown must know the correct techniques to pratfall or look ridiculous, best acts hit their intended, targeted reactions of laughter and applause when the audience's allowed to realize the good, solid techniques behind these really bad circus feats.
BWW Reviews: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY - An Original SuccessBWW Reviews: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY - An Original Success
July 27, 2015

Couerage Theatre Company mounts a fine-tuned production of Failure: A Love Story, playwright Philip Dawkins' fresh, unique take on a ill-fated family in the early 1900s. Michael Matthews smoothly directs and inventively stages his large talented, triple-threat cast as they sing, dance and act out this saga of the Failure family, with seemingly more deaths than the Kennedy clan has endured.
BWW Reviews: CHICO'S ANGELS 3: CHICAS IN CHAINS Hold Ju Captive for Two-Hours of Side-Splitting HilarityBWW Reviews: CHICO'S ANGELS 3: CHICAS IN CHAINS Hold Ju Captive for Two-Hours of Side-Splitting Hilarity
July 20, 2015

The best scripted comedy drag troupe in Los Angeles, Chico's Angels lives up to its stellar reputation with Chico's Angels 3: Chicas in Chains. From the crazy, lightning-quick minds of Kurt Koehler and Kay Sedia, Chico's Angels' third episode mashes up high school mean girls with tough prison bitches.
BWW Reviews: SHIV Nearly Transports You to Other WorldsBWW Reviews: SHIV Nearly Transports You to Other Worlds
July 13, 2015

The west coast premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil's Shiv receives a simply gorgeous mounting at the Theatre @ Boston Court. Amazing just how far, with the proper elements, your imagination will allow you to go.
BWW Reviews: Sandra Tsing Loh Rocks THE BITCH IS BACK: An All-Too Intimate ConversationBWW Reviews: Sandra Tsing Loh Rocks THE BITCH IS BACK: An All-Too Intimate Conversation
July 12, 2015

Sandra Tsing Loh grabs her predominantly female audience by the hair (and their accompanying males by their balls) as she commandeers all in her hilarious 70-minute non-stop, continuous stream of consciousness on menopause, better known asThe Bitchis Back:AnAll-Too IntimateConversation.
BWW Reviews: Ann Noble Tour de Forces in STANLEY ANN: THE UNLIKELY STORY OF BARACK OBAMA'S MOTHERBWW Reviews: Ann Noble Tour de Forces in STANLEY ANN: THE UNLIKELY STORY OF BARACK OBAMA'S MOTHER
July 10, 2015

All creative components align perfectly in Mike Kindle's Stanley Ann with the primary ingredient of this engrossing one-woman show - the luminous Ann Noble! Using her expressive face, her excellent line readings and her naturalistic miming; Noble allows the audience to actually see all the other characters in this play interacting with her. No easy feat that Noble consistently and seamlessly pulls it off! Brava, Ms. Noble!
BWW Reviews: ALL AMERICAN GIRL - A Mistitled Anti-American Rally I Wanted to UnseeBWW Reviews: ALL AMERICAN GIRL - A Mistitled Anti-American Rally I Wanted to Unsee
July 4, 2015

Playwright Wendy Graf totally deceives in naming her world premiere All American Girl. A much more appropriate and honest title would have been Anti-American Girl. All should run from this as fast as the main character did after she planted both bombs.
BWW Reviews: Do Sample TACO KISSES - A Spicy Hot, Hilarious Treat!BWW Reviews: Do Sample TACO KISSES - A Spicy Hot, Hilarious Treat!
July 3, 2015

Oscar Quintero 'nails it' again with his alter ego Kay Sedia in his non-stop, laugh-inducing, thigh-slapping seventy minutes, Kay Sedia in Her Juan Woman Cho: Taco Kisses. Your laugh muscles, whistling lips and clapping palms will definitely get quite a workout experiencing Kay Sedia's Taco Kisses.
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.


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