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.
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.
March 9, 1995 |
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.
September 21, 1987 |
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.
May 7, 1988 |
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."
June 18, 1987 |
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.