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Review: ‘A or B?’ at the Falcon Theatre

October 29, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Theater and Dance

“A or B?” by multi-award-winning Ken Levine amazes in its world-premiere mounting at the Falcon Theatre. Levine’s script is full of pithy and witty one-liners, as to be expected of one whose creativity contributed to “MASH,” “Cheers,” “The Simpsons” and other TV hits. Andrew Barnicle firmly directs the pair of likeable, talented, easy-on-the-eyes actors at [...]



Review: ‘Broomstick’ at the Fountain Theatre

October 26, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Theater and Dance

The West Coast premiere of John Biguenet’s “Broomstick” receives an eye-popping mounting at the Fountain Theatre, having the distinct advantage of the incredible Jenny O’Hara.
All due to O’Hara’s credit, I didn’t realize Biguenet’s script was completely written in verse. The words simply flowed out of her wicked, twisted mouth. O’Hara essays the unnamed character “Witch.” [...]



Review: ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?’

September 23, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Theater and Dance

Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” receives a stunning mounting at the L.A. LGBT Center. Ken Sawyer directs his talented cast with precision at a breakneck pace for a very sleek, efficient 90 minutes. Albee, renowned for his deep dramas of troubled real people, actually allows some very funny exchanges in this extremely [...]



Review: Inkwell Theatre Presents ‘Luigi’

July 26, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Theater and Dance

The Inkwell Theatre presents a talented cast in its world premiere of Louise Munson’s “Luigi,” a two-and-a-half-hour tale of a family’s (most likely last) get-together with their patriarch in the winter of his years. There seems to be no real story to be told here. (Warning: If not fluent in Italian, a percentage of the [...]



Review: ‘Always…Patsy Cline’ at El Portal Theatre

July 14, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The stunning talents of Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert receive a wonderful showcase in “Always…Patsy Cline,” currently at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
The role of Louise Seger, single mother and rabid Patsy Cline fan, seems as tailor-made for Struthers as the tiiiight jeans Struthers mimes putting on. Struthers is in her comedic prime with her [...]



Review: ‘The Manor’ at the Greystone Mansion

July 12, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Theater and Dance

Theatre 40 successfully mounts its 200th-plus performance (in 12 years) of Kathrine Bates’ “The Manor.” Playwright Bates has fashioned an intriguing three-hour tale based on the wealthy Doheny Family during the 1920s (Act I) and 1930s (Act II). The audience actually follows the action, moving from room to room in Doheny’s mansion, the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.
The strong cast [...]



Review: ‘Abbamemnon’ at the Falcon Theatre

June 16, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Theater and Dance

Abba aficionados (and theater lovers looking for some good laughs), run to see “Abbamemnon” currently at the Falcon Theatre! The Troubadour Theater Company, headed by Matt Walker, has taken classic Abba songs and inserted them, quite logically and very cleverly, into a re-imagining of the classic Greek tragedy “Agamemnon.”
The experience begins when you enter the [...]



Review: ‘The Navigator’ at the Actors Complex Let Live Theatre

June 16, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Original, smartly written and well acted, the West Coast premiere of “The Navigator” guides the Actors Complex Let Live Theatre audience through its winding path of implausibility, bad choices and hilarity. Leslie Kincaid Burby tightly directs her talented cast of four in a fast-paced, modulated one-hour road trip as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Playwright [...]



Review: ‘Tiananmen Annie’ at the Hudson Guild Theatre

June 9, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Theater and Dance

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Ann Starbuck vividly performs the one-woman show she wrote reliving her experiences of Beijing circa June of 1989. With much enthusiasm and commitment to her storytelling, Starbuck deftly illustrates to the Hudson Guild Theatre audience the intimacies of the Chinese people she encounters — MaeMae, the young Chinese [...]



Review: DOMA Theatre Company’s ‘Dorian’s Descent’ at the MET Theatre

June 2, 2014 | By Gil Kaan | Category: Theater and Dance

DOMA Theatre Company has an impressive resume of producing fine and entertaining musicals (“Avenue Q,” “Xanadu,” “Nine”). With some judicious editing and re-writing from an impartial third eye, their current show at the MET Theatre, the world premiere “Dorian’s Descent,” could join those esteemed accomplishments.
The talented cast has obviously been chosen for their almost-uniformly strong [...]