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June 8, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
"Bouncers" was his baby. "Shakers" is theirs. The former was John Godber's electric, award-winning paean to working-class machismo in an English nightclub. (It ran for months at the Tiffany Theater in 1986 and 1987.) The latter, by Godber and Jane Thornton, both from Britain, is a cheeky, fast-paced romp with four waitresses in a London pub. It opened at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in March and runs through Sunday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
"Bouncers" was his baby. "Shakers" is theirs. The former was John Godber's electric, award-winning paean to working-class machismo in an English nightclub. (It ran for months at the Tiffany Theater in 1986 and 1987.) The latter, by Godber and Jane Thornton, both from Britain, is a cheeky, fast-paced romp with four waitresses in a London pub. It opened at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in March and runs through Sunday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1988 | DAN SULLIVAN
Stage As far as theater events went, UK/LA was largely a conceptual event. The big set piece was to have been a week of performances by the National Theatre of Great Britain at the Doolittle Theatre, plus workshops and seminars at UCLA. But the National had union problems at home and had to cancel. The company may play Royce Hall next season. The Taper presented two UK/LA events: Anthony Minghella's London hit, "Made in Bangkok," and David Cale's one-man show, "The Redthroats."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 1988 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
In John Godber's British universe, men bounce, women shake. His play "Bouncers" (about four nightclub bouncers and their bored and disaffected lives) was acclaimed two years ago in Los Angeles. Now the UK/LA '88 Festival and the Odyssey Theatre have brought us "Shakers," also written by Godber with Jane Thornton. In almost every way, it is "Bouncers' " female counterpart.
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January 8, 1986 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
Southern California was settling in for a blistering day and by 9 a.m. the tiny waiting room in the parole office was a sauna. David Cursore, in keeping with the stipulations of the court, arrived for his weekly review and took a seat on a splintered oak chair. After a moment he noticed a mouse peering at him, eyeing the remains of an apple core from behind a wad of paper. Using his toe, Cursore nudged what was left of the fruit toward the creature.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
Abuse of power is the subject of Roberto Athayde's one-woman play, "Miss Margarida's Way," opening Wednesday at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts' Theatre/Teatro. "It was written in 1973 as a criticism of Brazil's totalitarian regime," explained actress Ilka Tanya Payan, who's been performing the piece for the past three years. (Last fall, she took it to Spain's International Theatre Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1988 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble had to let go of its projected production of "Acapulco" because author-director Steven Berkoff is busy with a film in Europe. To replace its entry into the UK/LA Festival '88, it has come up with "Shakers," a companion piece to John Godber's hard-edged "Bouncers," which was produced locally in 1986 by L.A. Theatre Works and cleaned up at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards, winning seven out of seven nominations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
If you loved John Godber's "Bouncers," welcome "Shakers." 'Shakers' is a sister piece to 'Bouncers,' " said actor Dan Gerrity, who's producing. (Written by Godber and fellow Briton Jane Thornton, it opens this weekend at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.) "It's as different as sometimes brothers and sisters can be. Whereas the humor in 'Bouncers' came from the violence and aggression of these working-class denizens, this is a softer view of the working class; it's a valentine, a sweet confection.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
Ron Sossi is scampering over piles of lumber, looking for just the right man-of-vision pose to appease a photographer. "This one is definitely a 'Bush' picture," he says with a grin, referring to Bill Bushnell, his friendly rival and the producing artistic director of Los Angeles Theatre Center, as he proudly surveys the new Odyssey Theatre.
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