Gil Kaan

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BWW Review: East West's Stunningly Rousing LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Does Fierstein & Herman Proud!East West's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Does Fierstein & Herman Proud!
Posted: May. 20, 2016


BWW Review: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES  - A Must-See, Ideal Convergence of Creative TalentGRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES - A Must-See, Ideal Convergence of Talent
Posted: May. 23, 2016


BWW Interview: THE BOY FROM OZ 's Director & Lead Talk Peter Allen... and Celebration Theatre DeetsTHE BOY FROM OZ 's Director & Lead Talk Peter Allen... and Celebration Theatre Deets
Posted: May. 9, 2016


Dinner & Show: AVANTI CAFéDinner & Show: AVANTI CAFé
Posted: May. 16, 2016


BWW Review: Reality Mirrors Fiction in HILLARY & MONICA - A Nice Work-In-Progress of a Play On a Work-in-ProgressHILLARY & MONICA - A Nice Work-In-Progress of a Play On a Work-in-Progress
Posted: May. 20, 2016


BWW Review: Confusion, Mostly Unintended, Abounds in THE GOLDEN DRAGONConfusion, Mostly Unintended, Abounds in THE GOLDEN DRAGON
Posted: May. 16, 2016


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BWW Review: Such a Pleasure Being Lost in VARLA JEAN MERMAN'S BIG BLACK HOLESuch a Pleasure Being Lost in VARLA JEAN MERMAN’S BIG BLACK HOLE
Posted: Apr. 2, 2016


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 Review: Solid Acting and First-Class Production Values Elevate a Protracted AY, CARMELA!Solid Acting and First-Class Production Values Elevate a Protracted AY, CARMELA!
Posted: Nov. 16, 2015


BWW Review: I'M STILL GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER - Some Beautiful Songs Performed Ever So BeautifullyBWW Review: I'M STILL GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER - Some Beautiful Songs
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015


BWW Review: A Stunning COLONY COLLAPSE Makes For a Completely Engrossing Honey of a ProductionA Stunning COLONY COLLAPSE Makes For a Completely Engrossing Honey of a Production
Posted: Feb. 22, 2016


BWW Review: A SINGULAR THEY Brilliantly Commands Your Riveted UneasinessBWW Review: A SINGULAR THEY Brilliantly Commands Your Riveted Uneasiness
Posted: Mar. 26, 2016


BWW Review: East West's Stunningly Rousing LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Does Fierstein & Herman Proud!East West's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Does Fierstein & Herman Proud!
Posted: May. 20, 2016


BWW Review: THE CLIFTON'S CANTEEN - An Entertaining, Interactive USO Evening Making Full Use of Clifton's Unique SpaceBWW Review: THE CLIFTON'S CANTEEN - An Entertaining, Interactive USO Evening Making Full Use of Clifton's Unique Space
May 31, 2016

In their inaugural collaboration with Clifton's Cafeteria, Creating Arts Studios has produced THE CLIFTON'S CANTEEN, a fitting and entertaining tribute to and for our servicemen and servicewomen during Memorial Weekend. Patterned after a USO show, each member of the troupe played a famous celebrity of the 1940s (save for the vocally gifted Lee Marshall and Jason Cichon as Army Guy Lee and Army Guy Jason).
Dinner & Show: The Re-Vamped CLIFTON'S CAFETERIADinner & Show: The Re-Vamped CLIFTON'S CAFETERIA
May 31, 2016

Clifton's Cafeteria, originally opened in 1935, has been an integral part of Downtown Los Angeles history feeding the masses, open to all whether they could afford it or not. Entrepreneur Andrew Meieran, 80 years later, has re-vamped this architectural relic and transformed it into an ultimate destination for an ideal Dinner & Show combo. Meiran bought the property in 2010 and had its grand re-opening in late 2015.
BWW Review: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES  - A Must-See, Ideal Convergence of Creative TalentBWW Review: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES - A Must-See, Ideal Convergence of Creative Talent
May 23, 2016

Rajiv Joseph's very tricky to pull offGRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES lands at the Hudson Backstage as a stunning success! Considering the main conceit of GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES requires two actors playing a 30-year age range from 8 to 38; in less capable hands, this seventy-minute one-act would have been so ripe for missteps.
BWW Review: Reality Mirrors Fiction in HILLARY & MONICA - A Nice Work-In-Progress of a Play On a Work-in-ProgressBWW Review: Reality Mirrors Fiction in HILLARY & MONICA - A Nice Work-In-Progress of a Play On a Work-in-Progress
May 20, 2016

Clever workshop presentation of the world premiere of playwrights Victor Bardack & Edward Michael Bell's HILLARY & MONICA. Though HILLARY & MONICA contains lots of witty elements still to be tweaked and fleshed out, the winning and steady component that needs no changing or improving's the central, charismatic performance of Barry Pearl as playwright Ben Rose.
BWW Review: East West's Stunningly Rousing LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Does Fierstein & Herman Proud!BWW Review: East West's Stunningly Rousing LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Does Fierstein & Herman Proud!
May 20, 2016

The East West Players' latest,LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, most successfully communicates the heart and humor of Tony Award-winners Harvey Fierstein & Jerry Herman, injecting an Asian flavor as only East West can do. E/W's outgoing Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang deftly directs his very talented cast at a neck-breaking pace allowing just enough time for the laughter to subside and the heartstrings to stop tugging.
BWW Review: Confusion, Mostly Unintended, Abounds in THE GOLDEN DRAGONBWW Review: Confusion, Mostly Unintended, Abounds in THE GOLDEN DRAGON
May 16, 2016

The Southern California premiere of playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig's THE GOLDEN DRAGON benefits from the sturdy, first-rate technical production values The Theatre @ Boston Court has earned their deserved reputation for. Kudos to GOLDEN DRAGON's color-blind, gender-blind, ageist-blind casting. But with all this color/gender/ageist-blind casting comes the pitfall of equal opportunity offending.
Dinner & Show: AVANTI CAF
May 16, 2016

For delicious pastas and pizza in a no-frills, friendly neighborhood-vibed establishment; check out Avanti Cafe a few blocks away from The Boston Court Performing Arts Center for a wonderful evening of Dinner & Show. With the wood fire pizza oven and the kitchen in the same room as customers, the smells of tomato, basil, parmesan, and garlic froth through the air making you hungrier than when you first walked in.
BWW Interview: THE BOY FROM OZ 's Director & Lead Talk Peter Allen... and Celebration Theatre DeetsBWW Interview: THE BOY FROM OZ 's Director & Lead Talk Peter Allen... and Celebration Theatre Deets
May 9, 2016

The Celebration Theatre's production of THE BOY FROM OZ has just opened to glowing reviews; raves and compliments Celebration's co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd has gotten used to. (Look at their looong list of award-winning productions!) We had a chance to chat with both the prolifically talented (directing and acting) Shepperd and the charismatic, triple-threat Andrew Bongiorno who plays the titular BOY Peter Allen.
BWW Review: A Solid Production of SECOND SKIN Perfectly Fits Like a GloveBWW Review: A Solid Production of SECOND SKIN Perfectly Fits Like a Glove
May 2, 2016

Kristin Idaszak's SECOND SKIN receives a strong and novel mounting on the sands of the Santa Monica Beach. Fueled by the powerful performances of Sarah Halford, Claire Kaplan and Susannah Rea-Dowling, Idaszak weaves the mythical bedtime stories and real life tales of a daughter and her estranged mother dying of ALS.
BWW Review: LUNATICS & ACTORS Captivates & Mesmerizes in All Its Sober AbsurdityBWW Review: LUNATICS & ACTORS Captivates & Mesmerizes in All Its Sober Absurdity
April 30, 2016

Four Clowns' world premiere of playwright David Bridel's LUNATICS & ACTORS wonderfully succeeds as a loving spoof of the acting process. It's to the credit of all involved that what could have been a five-minute Saturday Night Live skit has evolved into 70 minutes of enthralling wit and engaging artistry. Bad acting's truly an art; and to make the bad acting funny, genius!
BWW Review: THE STORY OF ALICE- An Entertaining Fall Down the Rabbit HoleBWW Review: THE STORY OF ALICE- An Entertaining Fall Down the Rabbit Hole
April 25, 2016

Strong vocals, sharp comedic timing and stunning visuals mark Dutches Theatre's world premiere of THE STORY OF ALICE. Michael Cormier has updated the classic Alice in Wonderland book. Cormier's most clever lyrics appear in 'Keep Your Temper' sung by the charismatic Santino Tomasetti as Admiral Pillar and 'Name Me Names' oh-so-sassily delivered by Emily King Brown as the Queen of Hearts.
BWW Review: ELECTRICITY - Power Source InterruptedBWW Review: ELECTRICITY - Power Source Interrupted
April 24, 2016

The world premiere of playwright Terry Ray's ELECTRICITY's perfect for those rarefied romantics out there who still believe true love can be found, whatever the obstacles. With a three-decade time span, audiences must check their need for plausibility at the theatre front door in order to accept two actors aging thirty years within the ninety-minute performance.
BWW Review: THE END TIMES - Not the Best of TimesBWW Review: THE END TIMES - Not the Best of Times
April 18, 2016

For those adverse to sitting through cult orientation lectures, the world premiere of playwright Jesse Mu-En Shao's THE END TIMES might be ninety minutes to avoid. Shao vividly recreates the militaristic recitation of a cult's teachings which all members continuously repeat, either to re-enforce the lessons to each other or to convince themselves they're doing the right way.
BWW Review: MY MAANA COMES - Intricate Details Upstage Everyday Kitchen Tales
April 18, 2016

The Los Angeles premiere of playwright Elizabeth Irwin's MY MAANA COMES receives a very detailed mounting at the Fountain Theatre. Armando Molina quite ably directs his very talented cast at a quick clip with Irwin's very words-heavy dialogue flowing non-stop from the quartet. Ingenious scene changes advancing time progression - So innovative. So effective.
BWW Review: ANYTHING SERIOUS: Seriously Good EntertainmentBWW Review: ANYTHING SERIOUS: Seriously Good Entertainment
April 16, 2016

Above the Curve Theatre successfully mounts Francisco Castro's ANYTHING SERIOUS. Its two perfectly cast leads, and the five strong players supporting them, winningly perform Castro's smart, witty script. Joe Lorenzo sure-handedly directs his talented troupe at a fast clip, making sure all receive their deserved moments on stage to shine.
Dinner & Show: MOMED ATWATER VILLAGEDinner & Show: MOMED ATWATER VILLAGE
April 11, 2016

Momed, serving up plentiful portions of modern Eastern Mediterranean cuisine in a comfy, casual atmosphere, makes a perfect 'Dinner' for a 'Show' at the just steps-away Atwater Village Theatres. Momed, (pronounced mo-med.) short for Modern Mediterranean, creates healthy fare incorporating locally produced ingredients, both seasonal and organic.
BWW Review: DRY LAND Features a Pair of Fine Actresses Up a CreekBWW Review: DRY LAND Features a Pair of Fine Actresses Up a Creek
April 11, 2016

The Echo Theatre Company's west coast premiere of playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel's DRY LAND needs to come with an advisory warning. Those partial to the sight of profuse bleeding, as in an induced abortion, might think twice about seeing DRY LAND. This particular scene contains graphic bleeding and convulsions heightened by the most convincing screamings of Teagan Rose as the wayward teen Amy.
BWW Review: ALL IS FAIR (OR OBLIVION WROUGHT)- A Promising Work-in-Progress Features a Stand-Out PerformanceBWW Review: ALL IS FAIR (OR OBLIVION WROUGHT)- A Promising Work-in-Progress Features a Stand-Out Performance
April 10, 2016

Idly Bent's world premiere of playwright Reed Arnold's ALL IS FAIR (OR OBLIVION WROUGHT) presents an intriguing perspective of a love triangle wrong on so many levels. With some judicious editing and a stronger directorial hand, this two-and-a-half-hour two-act would make a sleek, entertaining 90-minute one-act.
BWW Interview: Tim Robbins' Improving the World - One Play at a TimeBWW Interview: Tim Robbins' Improving the World - One Play at a Time
April 5, 2016

Tim Robbins truly relishes the value and reach of theatre; and he persistently works to disseminate it throughout the world. We got a chance to talk with Tim, co-founder of The Actors' Gang and its current Artistic Director, the day after his latest directorial project ORWELL'S 1984 opened. See any of the productions Tim has directed and be challenged only not to be entertained, but thinking about what the play is saying.
BWW Review: DINNER AT HOME BETWEEN DEATHS - Not the Most Delicious MealBWW Review: DINNER AT HOME BETWEEN DEATHS - Not the Most Delicious Meal
April 4, 2016

Indie Chi Productions presents the world premiere of playwright Andrea Lepcio's DINNER AT HOME BETWEEN DEATHS a bit undercooked; with lighting cues missed, the stumbling over lines, and an integral plot incident causing unintentional laughter. Stuart Ross does smartly direct his committed, obliging cast at a fast clip in this 90-minute black comedy.


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