THE SNAKE CAN: 80% – SWEET

Diane Cary, left, Sharon Sharth and Jane Kaczmarek in “The Snake Can” at the Odyssey Theatre. Credit: Ed Krieger.

SWEET
Yet Graf’s core instincts are sound, the quips and faceoffs suggesting actual human discourse, and Kaczmarek and Harrison form the tonal poles of a wonderful ensemble. See it with someone you love in spite of yourself.
David C. Nichols – LA Times

BITTERSWEET
Director Steven Robman does the heavy lifting of keeping his talented actors afloat with such light material. And the excellent Lancaster keeps us guessing far longer than we, or even Harriet, should.
Robert Hofler – Variety

BITTERSWEET
Even with the occasional bit of dramatic heft, “The Snake Can” feels watered down.
Evan Henerson – Backstage

SWEET
It’s tricky business to put a fresh spin on this kind of familiar territory, but Graf’s work manages to raise itself above Lifetime movie-of-the-week level with some well-drawn characters, insight, and standout performances.
Kurt Gardner – Blog Critics

SWEET
Kathryn Graf’s paen to the perils of middle-aged dating has a solid premiere under the skillful direction of Steven Robman and a very talented ensemble of actors.
Hoyt Hilsman – Huffington Post

SWEET
Kathryn Graf’s world premiere The Snake Can assuredly offers nothing new, but its moment to moment confrontations and gripping dialogue make it completely engrossing from start to finish.
Don Grigware – Grigware Reviews

SWEET
Kathryn Graf’s “The Snake Can,” tightly written and efficiently performed by a stellar cast of six, gets a successful world premiere at the Odyssey Theatre.
Gil Kaan – Culture Spot LA

SWEET
Indeed, in this world premiere, playwright Kathryn Graf treats the topic respectfully, thoughtfully, and intriguingly, giving what could be a light play enough disturbing undercurrents to satisfy the serious-minded theatergoer.
Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA

SWEET
What’s superb about Graf’s insightful play is its refreshing unpredictability, its allegiance to its focus (the women and their enduring friendships) and the raw scenes, of which there are several, in which all six characters express themselves with searing honesty.
Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

SWEET
The writing is crisp, the performances are colorful, and the most pointed snake-can surprise is really that inside each of us as we realize — for those tiny moments during which we don’t delude ourselves — that we are bounding toward snakeskin old.
Andrea Kittelson – LA Examiner

SWEET
There are perhaps a few technology kinks to work out as the run matures, but overall, The Snake Can was like watching a more dramatic 2-hour version of Sex and the City, so I really can’t complain.
Jenny Platt – LifeInLA

BITTER
Three BFFs get together to commiserate over their fates in the world premiere of The Snake Can, Kathryn Grant’s (Hermetically Sealed) shallow and unfulfilling salute to middle age angst. Devoid of subtext and any semblance of substance the show struggles unsuccessfully to elevate itself above the pedestrian offerings commonly banished to the Lifetime channel.
Tom Chaits – Stage and Cinema

BITTER
It is a great idea of a play, but in its current state it is not too much more than just an idea.
Mickala Jauregui – A Little Night Musing

SWEET
The combination of Graf’s words and Steven Robman’s direction create a dramatic comedy which shines a light on the good and bad qualities found in all of us.
Nathaniel Grey – Eye on WeHo

SWEET
With its cast of smart, sophisticated, successful New Yorkers, The Snake Can seems a particularly appropriate fit for West L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre. Our coasts may be three thousand miles apart, but Angelinos on the West Side and New Yorkers on the Upper West Side would seem to be a match made, not on Matchmaker.luv, but in theatrical heaven.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
Don’t miss it.
Joan and John Schwartz – LA Examiner

SWEET
The Snake Can (a reference to the old gag gift, a Jack-in-the-Box for adults), though set in the New York suburbs, fits snugly into the Westside demographic, and it knows well how to amusingly provide an intelligent reflection of its intended audience. It should prove to be deservedly popular.
Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

SWEET
If a good play engenders a good discussion, “Snake Can” more than passes the test. And anything that can make you laugh at getting older is a worthwhile way to spend some time.
Iris Schneider – LA Observed

BITTERSWEET
Seeking love, depth and the meaning of their life can be really interesting, funny, and maybe amusing, but this was on the weak side and never really hit the depth I would have liked.
Rose Desena – The Los Angeles Post

SWEET
Though the title is unfortunate (life today offers much more than the shock of toy snakes popping out of a can), the work itself is intimate, insightful, and extremely well written.
Shirle Gottlieb – Stagehappenings

THE SNAKE CAN
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.
8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 2, 2013
Tickets: $20-$30; (310) 477-2055 Ext. 2
Running time: 2 hours

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