“Bouncers,” from I.D.10-T Productions, a scrappy comedy about clubbing, starts later than most shows, at 9 p.m. (None of the cool kids go clubbing early, you know.)
In “Bouncers,” the show starts interactively at the theater door where actors, in character, check your ID before admitting you. Englishman John Godber’s play, written about young disaffected Brits, is malleable enough to be transplanted to Central Florida — and some of the random local references contribute greatly to the punch lines.
Four actors play four bouncers at Club Zero, four men looking for a good time there and four women who might be interested in providing it.
Director Simon Needham keeps the pace fast, throbbing like the cheesy dance beats under the dialogue. Characters change from moment to moment without any costume aids: The transformations are done with accents and attitude.
That the actors mostly manage to carve out distinct personalities amid the flying F-bombs for their multiple roles is down to their charisma as Godber’s script leaves some of the characters little more than ciphers. The strongest: Rowan Bousaid’s creepy bouncer Judd and A. Ali Flores’ “Sexy” Selina, who manages to be humorous and tragic at the same time.
Selina underscores the dichotomy of the play — and the youths’ world of too little money, too much desperation for booze-fueled fun — exciting at first glance, but bleak and depressing underneath.
See for yourself
Bouncers: The 90-minute comedy plays at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Sept. 17, at Art’s Sake Studio, 680 Clay St., Winter Park. $10; call 407-620-8809.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times