'Hawaii 5-0' star's rom-com to bow at Falcon Theater

Mike O’Malley made him do it.

Hawaii 5-0” star Scott Caan has been penning plays and screenplays for years, but the romantic comedy set to bow next month at the Falcon Theater came about after O’Malley asked him to write a quickie one-act project for the Mineral Theater Company, which O’Malley steers with Caan and fellow thesp Larry Clarke.

The one-act turned into two acts and soon Caan had a full-length work, “No Way Around But Through.” Toplined by Caan, Robyn Cohen, Val Lauren (who also directs) and Melanie Griffith, “Through” is set for a June 3-July 8 run at Garry Marshall’s Burbank theater.

“Through” marks the most substantial production of a Caan play to date. (In 2010 Mineral staged a production of Caan’s “Two Wrongs” at a rented L.A. venue.) Taking a break last week from rehearsals, Caan couldn’t contain his enthusiasm for the legit life.

“If I could make a ton of money and do nothing else, all I would want to do is have theater like (Falcon),” he says. “I’m working 12 hours a day and I feel like I’m on vacation.”

Caan honed “Through” during his downtime from “5-0” over the past year and is devoting his hiatus period from the show, which lenses on the Big Island, to getting it on the boards. Writing is a vital outlet for him — “if I don’t write anything for anything for a while I start to go nuts” — and plays are his favorite form, simply because there are “no rules” compared to screenplays.

“You’re able to be more free and loose with a play,” he says. “You’re not going to have an executive tell you that it’s too long. I’ve been lucky in all my plays to work with friends.”

“Through” marks a reunion for Caan and Lauren, who toiled to together for years as members of the Playhouse West theater company beginning in the late 1990s.

Landing Griffith has been a major adrenaline boost for Caan, who said she sailed into her role as if it had been written for her.

“This is the most excited I’ve ever been about a play or anything I’ve done for that matter,” he said. “I want to start tomorrow. When something feels like it’s going this good you don’t want to wait.”

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