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October 16, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
And now, ladies and gentleman, direct from England, the theatrical bad boy of Hull, John Godber, impresario of the Hull Truck Theatre Company and a man who doesn't mind speaking the unvarnished truth. Here to direct Alan Plater's "Sweet Sorrow," opening Wednesday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, as part of the Orange County Festival of Britain, Godber volunteered three reasons for his participation in the combination arts festival and retail promotion: "One, we were invited.
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October 16, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
And now, ladies and gentleman, direct from England, the theatrical bad boy of Hull, John Godber, impresario of the Hull Truck Theatre Company and a man who doesn't mind speaking the unvarnished truth. Here to direct Alan Plater's "Sweet Sorrow," opening Wednesday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, as part of the Orange County Festival of Britain, Godber volunteered three reasons for his participation in the combination arts festival and retail promotion: "One, we were invited.
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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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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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October 16, 1990
"One, we were invited. Two, it's great weather. And three, I obviously wouldn't have come all this way if I didn't have two meetings (to pitch movie and theater projects) at two different places in Los Angeles."--John Godber of England's Hull Truck Theatre Co., explaining why he decided to participate in the Orange County Festival of Britain, a combination arts festival and retail promotion.
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October 14, 1990
The Festival of Britain, a combination arts festival and retail promotion, will offer a range of art exhibitions, theater and music events. Highlights include: Today through Oct. 31, Jewel Court, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa: "British Design 1790-1990": An exhibition of art and design objects from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Free admission. Today through Nov. 3, Gem Theatre, Garden Grove: Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." Today through Jan.
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September 21, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
Despite protests from Los Angeles, "Bouncers" has opened in New York, to mixed-to-positive reviews. Susan Loewenberg, who brought John Godber's play across from London to the Tiffany Theatre, claims that the show's New York producer, Lou Adler, failed to get the necessary clearances from her before opening his production at off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre. She is suing to shut down the show. The reviews in the Friday papers weren't bad.
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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."
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June 18, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Those bad boys standing outside the disco, the bar, the nightclub, Dante's hell, flexing their biceps, snarling and frowning for bait, have brand new faces at the Tiffany these days. But everything else is the same: same lowlife types in tuxedos, ready to toss those troublemakers through the door--assuming they've allowed them in to begin with. Same regimented glower at punkish British toughs. A second look at John Godber's "Bouncers" brings no major surprises.
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March 9, 1995 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If there was ever a pretext needed for a theater lover's extended sojourn in Santa Barbara, it would have to be the unprecedented profusion of plays opening in the days ahead. Topping the heap is the Central Coast premiere of "The Kentucky Cycle," Robert Schenkkan's Pulitzer Prize-winning five-hour saga of three Appalachian families. It will be performed in two parts at the Santa Barbara City College Garvin Theatre with 30 professional and amateur regional performers in over 90 roles.
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June 8, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Ron Link, whose kinetic staging of such plays as "Stand-Up Tragedy" and "Bouncers" made him one of the most honored stage directors in Los Angeles, died Monday at the age of 54. He died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hollywood of complications from a pulmonary embolism suffered during surgery. Link recently won lifetime achievement awards two years in a row, from the L.A. Weekly in 1997 and from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle in 1998.
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February 8, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
You've heard this description before: the chronicle of a marriage. No, it's not "The Fourposter" or "I Do! I Do!" We're talking here of a Yorkshire coal miner and his wife in "Happy Jack," a piece at the Coast Playhouse, every bit as jaunty as its title. This play by John Godber (also responsible for "Bouncers" and "Shakers") is not new, just new to us.
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