|With Wendi at Theater at Home Resource|
I admit to being a bit confused when we pulled into the parking lot. As it turns out, Home Resource is a furniture store. Owners Kathy and Michael Bush became avid theater-goers while living in London. They now use their store to host periodic events that "recreate the fringe theater experience" they so enjoyed. Works for me! After buying our tickets (the proceeds of which went to the actor), we made our way back to the "theater," which was a large room in which comfy couches had been arranged for our viewing pleasure. With our complimentary beverages in hand, we settled into our front row seats and waited for the show to start. It was hard not to kick off my shoes and curl up!
|Zlatomir Modovanksi relaxing post-performance|
Moldovanski utilized both emotional intensity and physical humor in his portrayal of the hapless "bell hop." The stories were quite funny, and at times I found myself laughing out loud. My favorite vignette featured the effects of plum moonshine and included audience participation. With the words to a Bulgarian drinking song flashing on a screen behind him, Modovanski engaged in a drunken dance that brought him perilously close to tromping on my toes.
There was a talkback after the performance, which is always a treat. Moldovanski talked a bit about the dynamics of a one man show and how the audience becomes his partner in the performance. The prior night's show had been his first in a non-stage setting, and he said it was a great learning experience to be so up close and personal with the audience members.
Moldovanski also spoke a bit about Bulgarian culture. As a child, his mother read him Chudomir's stories about the differences between city life and village life under communist rule. Moldovanski said that Bulgarians learned to laugh at themselves and their plight, and that Chudomir's satirical stories capture that humor perfectly.
In "Is It Feasible?," Moldovanski bridges the gap between the two cultures within him. He hopes to have the opportunity to perform the play in his native country someday. He also hopes to take the show to New York. (He has submitted the work for inclusion in the United Solo Theater Festival. Something else to add to my bucket list!) For now, though, be on the look out for additional performances of the show in the Sarasota area.