Editor's note: This review is of the original I.D.10-T production of "Bouncers," staged last fall. The version presented at the Orlando Fringe Festival will be condensed to 55 minutes.
Englishman John Godber's play "Bouncers," 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 flyingF-bombsfor 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.
55 minutes, Yellow Venue, $10, Orlando Fringe Festival official page
• Thursday 17 May; at 9:30pm in the Yellow
• Sunday 20 May; at 8:15pm in the Yellow
• Monday 21 May; at 9:15pm in the Yellow
• Tuesday 22 May; at 9:00pm in the Yellow
• Thursday 24 May; at 11:45pm in the Yellow
• Friday 25 May; at 11:15pm in the Yellow