Gil Kaan

Gil Kaan
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BWW Reviews: CHICO'S ANGELS 3: CHICAS IN CHAINS Hold Ju Captive for Two-Hours of Side-Splitting HilarityChico's Angels 3: Chicas in Chains Hold Ju Captive for Two-Hours of Side-Splitting Hilarity
Posted: Jul. 20, 2015


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
Posted: Jul. 10, 2015


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
Posted: Jul. 4, 2015


BWW Reviews: Do Sample TACO KISSES - A Spicy Hot, Hilarious Treat!BWW Reviews: Do Sample TACO KISSES - A Spicy Hot, Hilarious Treat!
Posted: Jul. 3, 2015


BWW Reviews: An Energetic, Enthusiastic El Grande CIRCUS de Coca-Cola Missing a Little FizzAn Energetic, Enthusiastic El Grande CIRCUS de Coca-Cola Missing a Little Fizz
Posted: Jul. 27, 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 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.
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.


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