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April 13, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"Thwak" is an Australian word signifying a footstep (thwak), or footsteps in succession (thwakthwak-thwakthwak). It's also the sound of an arrow hitting a tree--THWAKdoiiiiiing. The word is an active verb, as when exploding dog-guts thwak someone in the face. Lots of imaginary animals come and go, quickly and often violently, in this raucous show written and performed by a couple of guys from Sydney.
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April 16, 2000 | ROBERT BURNS, Robert Burns is a Times staff writer
"Ironing or not?" asks David Collins, half of the frenetic Australian comic duo known as the Umbilical Brothers, as a visitor breaks up a brainstorming session. Irony? Maybe it's some sort of statement about his and Shane Dundas' show "Thwak"? But in a beat, he's whipped out an imaginary ironing board and iron, and his meaning is suddenly clear.
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April 16, 2000 | ROBERT BURNS, Robert Burns is a Times staff writer
"Ironing or not?" asks David Collins, half of the frenetic Australian comic duo known as the Umbilical Brothers, as a visitor breaks up a brainstorming session. Irony? Maybe it's some sort of statement about his and Shane Dundas' show "Thwak"? But in a beat, he's whipped out an imaginary ironing board and iron, and his meaning is suddenly clear.
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April 13, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"Thwak" is an Australian word signifying a footstep (thwak), or footsteps in succession (thwakthwak-thwakthwak). It's also the sound of an arrow hitting a tree--THWAKdoiiiiiing. The word is an active verb, as when exploding dog-guts thwak someone in the face. Lots of imaginary animals come and go, quickly and often violently, in this raucous show written and performed by a couple of guys from Sydney.
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April 2, 2000
MOVIES When war hero Samuel L. Jackson is put on trial as a scapegoat for a failed mission, he turns to Tommy Lee Jones to defend him in "Rules of Engagement," directed by William Friedkin. Opens wide Friday. THEATER "THWAK," the off-Broadway 1999 Drama Desk-nominated show starring David Collins and Shane Dundas, the "Umbilical Brothers" from Down Under, has its West Coast premiere.
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October 18, 2006 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
Shane Dundas and David Collins, a pair of Australians also known as the Umbilical Brothers, practice what might be called mime with noise. They've spent about 15 years at this, including American tours, appearances on the David Letterman and Jay Leno shows, and a slot at Woodstock '99. They provided all the voices and the vocally produced sound effects for the British-produced cartoon series "Maisy," and clips of their various onscreen performances are all over YouTube.
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April 6, 2000
Cruising. On a Saturday afternoon. Cruising to Riverside, that is, for the opening of "Rear View Mirror: Automobile Images and American Identities," a car-themed survey of photographs from the collection of the California Museum of Photography, which is host of the exhibition, and the Automobile Club of Southern California's Corporate Archives.
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