Gil Kaan

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BWW Review: FOREVER HOUSE - A Most Entertaining, Mind-Opening Place to Spend Your TimeFOREVER HOUSE - A Most Entertaining, Mind-Opening Place to Spend Your Time
Posted: Jan. 25, 2016


BWW Review: DREAM BOY - A Powerfully Inspired Vision of an Horrific NightmareBWW Review: DREAM BOY - A Powerfully Inspired Vision of an Horrific Nightmare
Posted: Feb. 1, 2016


BWW Review: Black Comedy DEN OF THIEVES Trusses You Up in LaughterBWW Review: Black Comedy DEN OF THIEVES Trusses You Up in Laughter
Posted: Jan. 17, 2016


BWW Review: BED Provides An Ingenious Set and Staging For Troubled RelationshipsBWW Review: BED Provides An Ingenious Set and Staging For Troubled Relationships
Posted: Feb. 8, 2016


BWW Review: SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN - A Wonderful First-Person Trip Down Celluloid Memory LaneSHARON TATE IN HEAVEN - A Wonderful First-Person Trip Down Celluloid Memory Lane
Posted: Feb. 7, 2016


BWW Review: THE DODGERS: Laidback Production Benefits From Some Amazing PerformancesTHE DODGERS: Laidback Production Benefits From Some Amazing Performances
Posted: Feb. 1, 2016


BWW Interview: Charles Haid's Thoughts on His Career, Giving Back, and ALTMAN'S LAST STANDBWW Interview: Charles Haid's Thoughts on His Career, Giving Back, and ALTMAN'S LAST STAND
Posted: Feb. 2, 2016


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: 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: ChicabaRENT Wows in an All-Encompassing Interactive ExperienceChicabaRENT Wows in an All-Encompassing Interactive Experience
Posted: Mar. 16, 2015


BWW Review: BED Provides An Ingenious Set and Staging For Troubled RelationshipsBWW Review: BED Provides An Ingenious Set and Staging For Troubled Relationships
February 8, 2016

Those fascinated in viewing the everyday life of a Courtney Love-esque rock star might find Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Sheila Callaghan's BED captivating and involving. Those interested in sympathetic characters to spend an hour and a half with might have their patience/attention more tested.
BWW Review: SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN - A Wonderful First-Person Trip Down Celluloid Memory LaneBWW Review: SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN - A Wonderful First-Person Trip Down Celluloid Memory Lane
February 7, 2016

With some judicious editing, this Austin Pendleton-directed 95-minute solo SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN (actually Part One in a trilogy) would make a stunning stand-alone one act. Jen Danby has written this fictional interview of an already deceased Sharon Tate chockfull of very interesting celluloid facts and tidbits. Onstage as Tate, Danby has captured the vocal qualities and essence of Ms. Tate very nicely.
BWW Interview: Charles Haid's Thoughts on His Career, Giving Back, and ALTMAN'S LAST STANDBWW Interview: Charles Haid's Thoughts on His Career, Giving Back, and ALTMAN'S LAST STAND
February 2, 2016

Director/producer/actor Charles Haid's latest theatrical directorial project ALTMAN'S LAST STAND opens February 6 at the Zephyr Theatre. In this one-man show, Michael Laskin portrays the Viennese-born Franz Altman who refused to sell his mid-town Manhattan second hand shop to corporate developers.
BWW Review: DREAM CATCHER - An Intense, Spirited War of WordsBWW Review: DREAM CATCHER - An Intense, Spirited War of Words
February 2, 2016

The world premiere of playwright Stephen Sach's DREAM CATCHER receives a strong mounting at the Fountain Theatre powered by the intensity of its two strong performers Brian Tichnell and Elizabeth Frances. Cameron Watson ably directs this one continuous eighty-minute confrontation between Roy and his girlfriend Opal.
BWW Review: THE DODGERS: Laidback Production Benefits From Some Amazing PerformancesBWW Review: THE DODGERS: Laidback Production Benefits From Some Amazing Performances
February 1, 2016

Nice workshop presentation of the world premiere of Diana Amsterdam'sTHE DODGERS. Maybe, joints should have been passed out along with the programs, so that the audience could be on the same plane as the characters in the opening scenes - as Dave Solomon directed - in a most relaxed, lethargic state of being high.
BWW Review: DREAM BOY - A Powerfully Inspired Vision of an Horrific NightmareBWW Review: DREAM BOY - A Powerfully Inspired Vision of an Horrific Nightmare
February 1, 2016

Celebration Theatre solidly mounts (as they're always known to do) a stunning production of the Los Angeles premiere ofDREAM BOY. All the acting and tech elements flawlessly gel in this intriguing drama, firm-handedly and smoothly directedbyMichael Matthews, mesmerizingly guiding you through the everyday life of Nathan (the Dream Boy), evenwith the foreboding sense of some inevitable heartrending events to come.
BWW Review: FOREVER HOUSE - A Most Entertaining, Mind-Opening Place to Spend Your TimeBWW Review: FOREVER HOUSE - A Most Entertaining, Mind-Opening Place to Spend Your Time
January 25, 2016

This Skylight Theatre Company's production of playwright Tony Abatemarco's world premiere of FOREVER HOUSE will be the play I compare/measure all other plays I see this year -- and this is only January! Elizabeth Swain deftly directs her talented cast with never a lag or dull moment; with only time enough for the audience to laugh or shed a tear.
BWW Review: Fine Acting Not Enough For MY SISTERBWW Review: Fine Acting Not Enough For MY SISTER
January 18, 2016

Playwright Janet Schlapkohl's MY SISTER has the good fortune of having two fine actresses, identical twinsElizabeth Hinklerand Emily Hinkler, in her two-character play. Easy to see why these two won the Hollywood Fringe Festival's Best Acting award in these same roles last year.
BWW Review: Black Comedy DEN OF THIEVES Trusses You Up in LaughterBWW Review: Black Comedy DEN OF THIEVES Trusses You Up in Laughter
January 17, 2016

2Cents Theatre mounts a tight, thoroughly entertainingDEN OF THIEVESsmartly written byPulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Eric Augusztiny deftly directs his very talented cast of seven in a machine gun pace. What starts off as a realistic encounter of two members of a kleptomaniacs anonymous meeting morphs into an over-the-top burglary gone beyond bad.
BWW Review: ACT 3... - 2 Actors Portraying 3 Characters in 1 Winning Play to See!BWW Review: ACT 3... - 2 Actors Portraying 3 Characters in 1 Winning Play to See!
January 11, 2016

The US premiere of ACT 3... features the smart, witty writing of David Ambrose and Claudia Nellens performed with the assured talents of Rita Rudner and Charles Shaughnessy. Martin Bergman (Rudner's husband) smoothly directs these two performing veterans as they quite believably essay a modernistic couple not quite in sync with each other's needs.
BWW Review: Kay Sedia's FELIZ NAVIDIVA - A Holiday Piñata Overflowing With Laughter
December 14, 2015

In FELIZ NAVIDIVA, Kay Sedia (the self-proclaimed size 2, 18-year-old alter ego of Oscar Quintero) - hysterically regales her attentive audience in a quick one-hour set with her recent childhood stories of Christmases growing up in Tijuana. Kay Sedia's solid vocal pipes get properly utilized and surprisingly revealed to all listeners. Who knew she could really sing underneath all that big hair and hairspray!!!
BWW Review: DNA: Does Not Add-UpBWW Review: DNA: Does Not Add-Up
December 11, 2015

The Red Cup Theatre Company's debut production of playwright Dennis Kelly's DNA unfortunately does not gel as a satisfying story. A group of teenage mean girls and bullies cover up a murder of a fellow student to no apparent consequence or laughs. Hard to believe the playwright who wrote the book for the award-winning Matilda The Musical created these skin-deep, totally unsympathetic characters devoid of any compassion.
BWW Review: THE BLACK VERSION - HOLIDAY SPECIAL Uproariously Sends Up ScroogedBWW Review: THE BLACK VERSION - HOLIDAY SPECIAL Uproariously Sends Up Scrooged
December 11, 2015

The amazingly talented performers ofTHE BLACK VERSION - HOLIDAY SPECIALrocked the audience at Largo @ The Coronet with their lightning quick improv wit, some incredible vocals and ridiculously sharp rapping.Karen Maruyamadirected her six-member cast in a racehorse pacing with just enough time for hearty laughs between hilarious lines after hilarious reactions after hilarious comebacks.
BWW Review: JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED - Hysterical 90 Minutes of Jane Austen-esque Improv UnparalleledBWW Review: JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED - Hysterical 90 Minutes of Jane Austen-esque Improv Unparalleled
December 9, 2015

In IMPRO THEATRE'S JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED; seven very talented, quick-thinking members of the Impro Theatre, with only two idea suggestions from the audience, act out (sans script) a hysterical complete beginning-middle-and-end of a tale based on Jane Austen's writings.
BWW Review: WHO KILLED SANTA? -A Fun Puppet Show, a Little Rough Around the EdgesBWW Review: WHO KILLED SANTA? -A Fun Puppet Show, a Little Rough Around the Edges
December 7, 2015

The West Coast Premiere of playwright Neil Haven's WHO KILLED SANTA? features wonderful puppet work and clever re-workings of classic holiday songs. Ronnie Marmo directs his cast of five puppet characters and Santa Claus. Haven wittily sends up some old Christmas chestnuts, like 'Silent Night,' 'Carol of the Bells,' 'Baby, It's Cold Outside.'
BWW Interview: The Spirited David Trudell Dishes on His Holidays - Past & PresentBWW Interview: The Spirited David Trudell Dishes on His Holidays - Past & Present
December 2, 2015

Playwright/actor David Trudell returns to the Skylight Theatre December 13 for a solo one-nighter with his holiday-themed SPIRITS, ANYONE? Moon Mile Run'smulti-hyphenateMichael Kearns identifies Trudell as an artist 'who aims to illuminate the zeitgeist of his generation through solo work that is identifiable, edgy, and humorous.'
BWW Review: MACK & POPPY: LET IT SNOW! A Must See for Holiday Laughter (and Tears)!BWW Review: MACK & POPPY: LET IT SNOW! A Must See for Holiday Laughter (and Tears)!
December 1, 2015

If you go toMACK & POPPY: LET IT SNOWexpecting just a cheesy lounge act for fluffy amusement, you would be selling Mack & Poppy way short. Tod Macofsky and Christopher Graham have created a fine tuned act of calibrated cheese eliciting many hearty laughs accented with actual solid vocal chops presenting songs straight up for a most entertaining 70 minutes. Holiday tunes (Christmas, Jewish and Kwanzaa) get both sent up and sung straight.
BWW Review: WOOD BOY DOG FISH - A Simply Wonderful Puppetted Multi-Media WOW!BWW Review: WOOD BOY DOG FISH - A Simply Wonderful Puppetted Multi-Media WOW!
November 23, 2015

In the world premiere of WOOD BOY DOG FISH, playwright Chelsea Sutton has intricately written a very dark re-telling of Pinocchio and his maker Geppetto, fully utilizing the perfect combination of ocean video projections, mood-enhancing music, modular set pieces, fantastic costumes, and most every effective stagecraft trick in theatrical history (both high-tech and low).
BWW Review: Solid Acting and First-Class Production Values Elevate a Protracted AY, CARMELA!BWW Review: Solid Acting and First-Class Production Values Elevate a Protracted AY, CARMELA!
November 16, 2015

The Stella Adler Theatre's west coast premiere of AY, CARMELA! boasts the great fortune to have the stellar contributions of renowned architect Frank Gehry (in his first foray into the Los Angeles theatre scene as set designer) and Los Angeles Philharmonic's Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel as its score composer.
BWW Review: STREEP TEASE - A Very Funny All-Male Homage to MerylBWW Review: STREEP TEASE - A Very Funny All-Male Homage to Meryl
November 16, 2015

In his STREEP TEASE, Roy Cruz has created an entertaining, all-male revue of Meryl Streep interpretators using actual (or actual-esque) dialogue from Ms. Streep's many films. With minimal use of props and just a hint of costume enhancements, this talented nine-membered Streepers perform some side-splitting scenes with a few serious ones thrown into the mix. Some Meryl Streep roles just seem more than ripe for parody, er, homage.


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