BWW Reviews: Definitely No Trouble Enjoying Scott Caan\'s THE TROUBLE WE COME FROM
/by Scott Caan/directed by Matt August/Falcon Theatre/thru July 12, 2015
Scott Caan has written a very witty and smart script in his world premiere of
. Playwright Charlie not only has visions of, but actual stalkings by past girlfriends on his play's opening night while his now pregnant lover's out of town in Detroit. Charlie, oh-so-comfortably inhabited by
, 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. Both Caan and Weston master their intricate, verbose dialogue.
As hard as it is to steal/grab focus from these two best buds (Caan and Weston's repartee's so smooth, so
realistically believable), Teri Reeves manages to do just that each time she's on stage. First, as the former girlfriend Joanna, a firecracker hot Cuban bombshell (with the accent to match); Reeves' hysterical vamping as she seduces Charlie absolutely slays while raising the collective temperature of the room. With the aid of disguising wigs and totally different body language, Reeves re-enters the stage three more times as three totally different women -- two other past girlfriends, Samantha and Kelly and a possible blonde quickie. Bravo to Mz. Reeves for her versatility in creating such distinct and different women, with her Kelly being the most raw and soul-baring from her repertoire of characters.
Matt August firmly directs his talented cast in a quick and steady pace making the two-hour-plus performance breeze easily and entertaining by. When Vince's pregnant girlfriend Shelly (an effectively touching Claire van der Boom) finally returns home, a very clever additional fact revealed makes the whole evening something besides what it appeared. Blink and you just might miss it, but the timbre of
changes to a much more serious tone. Van der Boom and Weston really make the closing scene work ever so beautifully.
Stephen Gifford's detailed, multi-purposed exposed brick set serves mainly as Charlie's living room/kitchen with a staircase up to the unseen master bedroom. Then, with a flick of Luke Moyer's slick lighting, the staircase and bedroom door transform into the stagedoor and steps leading down into the theatre alley. Very nice. Love that Gifford renders set changes unnecessary!
Gil Kaan, a former Managing Editor of the now-defunct Genre magazine, has had the privilege of photographing and interviewing some major divas of film, television, and stage in his career; including Ann-Margret, Diana Ross, Faye Dunaway, Carol Channing, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bernhard, Glenn Close, Anna Nicole Smith, Margaret Cho, and three Catwomen—Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar. He had the fortuitous opportunity to conduct Lily Tomlin’s coming out interview. Gil has since reviewed movies and theatre for a number of local Los Angeles and national outlets. Check out his video interviews with the talented participants of S.T.A.G.E. @ http://apla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=STAGE_Video
A montage of Gil’s Halloween Carnavale photos through the first decade of 2000 was selected to be included in the WeHo@ 25 juried exhibition in West Hollywood.
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