BWW Reviews: Falcon Offers Scott Caan's NO WAY AROUND BUT THROUGH
No Way Around But Through
by Scott Caan
directed by Val Lauren
through July 8
Scott Caan's No Way Around But Through, described as a dark romantic comedy, is indeed quirky. It exudes an affably offbeat humor while drumming a painstaking determination to get at the truth. One cannot deny its exceeding verbiage at questioning the point of living, as it becomes repetitious and way overdone, but its premise and resolution, or temporary remedy, are full of hope. Now onstage at the Falcon Theatre, No Way...playing until July 8, will most likely find its most attentive audiences among the now generation.
Caan knows how to write for himself. As an actor, he is good at displaying the angst and confusion that come with skirting the issues at hand, avoiding one's responsibility. This is in a nutshell his Jacob, who blames his mother Lulu (Melanie Griffith) for the mess that he is and tries to make sense of his potential role with girlfriend Holly (Robyn Cohen). But he is more attuned to himself than to her. The first scene in which Holly tries to make Jacob aware of how uncaring he is toward her has dialogue that is annoyingly turned inside out and repetitive, yet it goes a long way in showing just how insecure and riddled with fear Jacob is. Caan succeeds in driving Jacob forward and in making Holly, Lulu and pal Frank (Val Lauren) his therapists. Only Holly's friend Rachel (Bre Blair) dislikes him from the get-go and is not afraid to tell him so.