Gil Kaan

Gil Kaan


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BWW Interview: David Rambo - A Master At Juggling WAR & Hit TV ShowsBWW Interview: David Rambo - A Master At Juggling WAR & Hit TV Shows
Posted: May. 8, 2017


BWW Interview: Jeanne Sakata Spreading the Truth With HOLD THESE TRUTHSBWW Interview: Jeanne Sakata Spreading the Truth With HOLD THESE TRUTHS
Posted: May. 23, 2017


BWW Review: A Stunning NEXT TO NORMAL Wows!BWW Review: A Stunning NEXT TO NORMAL Wows!
Posted: May. 18, 2017


BWW Review: Willimon's FARRAGUT NORTH Contains Flashes of Confrontational BrillianceBWW Review: Willimon's FARRAGUT NORTH Contains Flashes of Confrontational Brilliance
Posted: May. 1, 2017


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BWW Review: A Noise Within Reaches the Unreachable With their LA MANCHABWW Review: A Noise Within Reaches the Unreachable With their LA MANCHA
Posted: Apr. 4, 2017


BWW Review: THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF TROOP BEVERLY HILLS - A Non-Stop, Two-Hours of HIGH-larity & Stunning VocalsPARODY OF TROOP BEV.HILLS - A Non-Stop, 2-Hrs of HIGH-larity & Stunning Vocals
Posted: Jul. 5, 2016


BWW Interview: 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI's Penny Fuller & The Many Wonderful Things About HerBWW Interview: 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI's Penny Fuller
Posted: Jan. 9, 2017


BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & WellBWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well
Posted: Apr. 21, 2017


BWW Review: A Thought-Provoking LETTERS TO EVE Stamped With Melodious Vocal TalentsBWW Review: A Thought-Provoking LETTERS TO EVE Stamped With Melodious Vocal Talents
May 28, 2017

LETTERS TO EVE's creator Daniel Sugimoto has cast a stage-full of vocal knock-outs to more than ably assist in communicating his loving ode to his grandmother Midori, who was incarcerated in the American concentration camps during WWII. Sugimoto not only details interned life for the imprisoned Japanese-Americans, but cleverly counterpoints with innocents jailed under Nazi rule.

BWW Interview: Jeanne Sakata Spreading the Truth With HOLD THESE TRUTHSBWW Interview: Jeanne Sakata Spreading the Truth With HOLD THESE TRUTHS
May 23, 2017

Ten years ago, actress/playwright Jeanne Sakata began writing down her various thoughts on her personal connections with the subject matter of her DAWN'S LIGHT: THE JOURNEY OF GORDON HIRABAYASHI. Through various reincarnations over the last decade, and a title change to HOLD THESE TRUTHS; Jeanne will be opening at The Pasadena Playhouse. I was most excited to get Jeanne's insight on this dark and deplorable episode of American history.

BWW Review: A Stunning NEXT TO NORMAL Wows!BWW Review: A Stunning NEXT TO NORMAL Wows!
May 18, 2017

In their current production of NEXT TO NORMAL, the East West Players present a first-rate, extremely well-executed musical look at mental illness. Nancy Keystone smoothly directs this two-hour-plus performance at a steady, non-stop, heart-wrenching pace with barely enough time for the audience to catch their respective breaths or wipe their teary eyes before the next song happens - through the collectively A.MA.ZING voices of the ultra-talented cast of six.

BWW Interview: David Rambo - A Master At Juggling WAR & Hit TV ShowsBWW Interview: David Rambo - A Master At Juggling WAR & Hit TV Shows
May 8, 2017

L.A. Theatre Works' latest world premiere THE TUG OF WAR will begin May 25, 2017 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. LATW commissioned prolific writer/producer David Rambo to create this piece on President John F. Kennedy's tough, thankless position dealing with Russian and Cuban relations in 1992. David took some time from teaching at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts (during his hiatus from Will) to answer a few of our curious inquiries.

BWW Review: Willimon's FARRAGUT NORTH Contains Flashes of Confrontational BrillianceBWW Review: Willimon's FARRAGUT NORTH Contains Flashes of Confrontational Brilliance
May 1, 2017

With House of Cards and Ides of March (based on this play) on playwright Beau Willimon's resume, you might come to see his FARRAGUT NORTH with rather high expectations. Jack Tynan's confession and termination scenes (with Geoffrey Lower as Paul, Stephen's boss) really pop and sizzle, with their tension and their clashing confrontation rating as the drama's highlights.

BWW Interview: ACTUALLY, Anna Ziegler Writes ProlificallyBWW Interview: ACTUALLY, Anna Ziegler Writes Prolifically
April 26, 2017

The Geffen Playhouse tackles the various conflicting definitions of sexual consent in its co-world premiere of playwright Anna Ziegler's ACTUALLY beginning May 2, 2017. I made the most of the opportunity to delve into Anna's thoughts on her love of writing; how, by chance, she became the successful writer she is today; and her reaction to winning London's 2016 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play for her PHOTOGRAPH 51.

BWW Review: A Journey Worth Travelling Down a Flawless RABBIT HOLEBWW Review: A Journey Worth Travelling Down a Flawless RABBIT HOLE
April 22, 2017

Not a single weak link in JTK Productions' powerful, pitch-perfect RABBIT HOLE, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. The strong cast of five sleekly directed by Eric Hunicutt vividly illustrates Lindsay-Abaire's tale of a family coping with the accidental loss of their little boy Danny.

BWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & WellBWW Review: SING HAPPY! - Ann LeSchander Certainly Does & Well
April 21, 2017

SING HAPPY!, a delightful cabaret showcase of Ann LeSchander's vocal chops and comic talents backed by wonderful musicians who know when to take focus and when to lay back. Kudos to The Gardenia's sound system that allows each instrument to be heard so distinctly as individual instruments, then blend so wonderfully with Ann's vocals.

BWW Review: LONE STAR - An Intriguing Study of Hapless CharactersBWW Review: LONE STAR - An Intriguing Study of Hapless Characters
April 15, 2017

The Elephant Theatre Company's LONE STAR provides an interesting character study populated with three intriguing characters, the most being the younger brother Ray as embodied by Christopher Parker.

BWW Review: LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS - Both the Title and the Play Itself Need To Be HalvedBWW Review: LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS - Both the Title and the Play Itself Need To Be Halved
April 10, 2017

The first act of the Skylight Theatre Company's world premiere of LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS presents a riveting, fast-paced, well-acted tale of Dee, a teenage girl experiencing the joys of young love and the pains and consequences of unexpected pregnancy. Corryn Cummins totally owns her role of Dee, effortlessly exhibiting Dee's very wide range of teenage emotions. Brava, Corryn Cummins!

BWW Review: THE ENCOUNTER - An Innovative Means of Tripping Down a Photographer's Rabbit HoleBWW Review: THE ENCOUNTER - An Innovative Means of Tripping Down a Photographer's Rabbit Hole
April 9, 2017

The West Coast premiere of Complicite's THE ENCOUNTER amazes with its cutting-edge technology of 3-D audio. Co-creator/performer Simon McBurney commands the Wallis stage as he recalls National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre's 1969 photographic expedition into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. The inventive use of Sennheiser headphones astonishingly brings all the various sound effects and voices into your ears.

BWW Interview: Edward Gero On the Current State of the Arts, Judge Scalia, Nixon & Shakespeare Cohort KeachBWW Interview: Edward Gero On the Current State of the Arts, Judge Scalia, Nixon & Shakespeare Cohort Keach
April 7, 2017

John Strand's THE ORIGINALIST had its world premiere in 2015 at The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. with the titular role of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia played by the critically acclaimed Edward Gero. Edward reprises his role at The Pasadena Playhouse's starting April 11. I made the most out of the opportunity to put Edward on the stand to cross-examine him on what it means to portray one of the most polarizing judges in U.S. history.

BWW Review: A Noise Within Reaches the Unreachable With their LA MANCHABWW Review: A Noise Within Reaches the Unreachable With their LA MANCHA
April 4, 2017

Perfection! A Noise Within produces a stunning, modernistic, most entertaining take on MAN OF LA MANCHA, the tale of Don Quixote and his man servant Sancho during the sixteenth century Spanish Inquisition. Co-Producing Artistic Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott most skillfully directs her very talented cast of thirteen staging them in non-stop action.

BWW Interview: Mike Donahue on His Long-Term Relationship with GEORGIA McBRIDEBWW Interview: Mike Donahue on His Long-Term Relationship with GEORGIA McBRIDE
March 31, 2017

The West Coast Premiere of Mike Donahue's latest directorial project THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE arrives at The Geffen Playhouse April 4, 2017. Mike took some time out of rehearsals to chat with BroadwayWorld and myself.

BWW Interview: El Capitan's GM Ed Collins Proudly Touts Their Exclusive BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ExtrasBWW Interview: El Capitan's GM Ed Collins Proudly Touts Their Exclusive BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Extras
March 22, 2017

Hollywood's renown El Capitan Theatre features the exclusive pre-show complements to the newly released, live-action version of Disney's animated classic Beauty and The Beast. A curated exhibit of costumes, props and set pieces, actually used in the film, fills up two of the three theatre lobbies. Then, when you enter the auditorium, your eyes will be quite dazzled by the Swarovski crystal curtain.

BWW Review: THE GUN Shoots Slightly Off-TargetBWW Review: THE GUN Shoots Slightly Off-Target
March 20, 2017

A solid acting ensemble fires up the Ruskin Group Theatre's world premiere of playwright Justin Yoffe's THE GUN. Dave Florek sure-handedly directs his talented cast at a brisk pace in this 60-minute one-act brimming with suspenseful taunt and tensioned urgency.

BWW Review: THAT GIRL/THAT BOY - That Amazing Charles Busch!BWW Review: THAT GIRL/THAT BOY - That Amazing Charles Busch!
March 14, 2017

The award-winning playwright/drag legend/cabaret artiste Charles Busch displayed the reasons why he's such a creative force to be reckoned with as he had the Rockwell audience easily eating out of his outstretched hands in his THAT GIRL/THAT BOY cabaret show. Busch and his adoring fans most deservingly experienced a two-way love affair with each witty bon mot or sobering lyric Busch casually or dramatically tossed.

BWW Review: Christina Carlisi - A Tour de Force as MARTHABWW Review: Christina Carlisi - A Tour de Force as MARTHA
March 13, 2017

The Whitefire Theatre's west coast premiere of playwright Ellen Melaver's MARTHA possesses all the creative elements, exquisitely combined, for a stunning one-woman show on modern dance revolutionary Martha Graham. The incredible Christina Carlisi totally embodies this movement innovator with her very first hand gestures.

BWW Review: An Incredibly Emotional LETTERS FROM YOUNG GAY MEN Will Touch the Hearts & Hit the Tear Ducts of ManyBWW Review: An Incredibly Emotional LETTERS FROM YOUNG GAY MEN Will Touch the Hearts & Hit the Tear Ducts of Many
March 10, 2017

A committed group of six actors give depth and much emotions to a collection of correspondence between older mentors and younger mentees of the gay community. Psychotherapist Brian Gleason has cherry picked portions of Rainer Maria Rilke's book 'Letters to A Young Poet' and dramatized them to some fine results on stage.

BWW Review: LIANA AND BEN - A Stunning Technical MarvelBWW Review: LIANA AND BEN - A Stunning Technical Marvel
February 20, 2017

Circle X Theatre Co.'s world premiere of playwright Susan Rubin's LIANA AND BEN presents one of the best technical productions I've seen in small LA theatres. Walking into the Atwater Village Theatre, more than a number of entering audience members do a double take at the optical illusion right in front of their faces. The lighting design of Dan Weingarten combined with the very basic, very clever set of set designer Alan E. Muraoka lead one to believe they're looking...



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