Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gala Day 4

Day 4 of the Gala started off with Dan Mirea in a piece called "Dark Light" by Matei Visniec (directed by Dan Vasile, set by N.D. Vladulescu).  A long ramp was built from the theatre entrance up onto the stage which ended in a pile of sand.  Up walks a blind man towing  a large trunk, and from it he pulls out and puts together a telescope.  He is accompanied by a spot light which symbolizes his dog with whom he has a love-hate relationship.  That was the touch of brilliance in this show!

Writer Cristina Rusiecki in the Romanian Cultura blog, describes the show as:
" Luminita worn by blind dog is like insisting the character is just creation of the blind one, a second soul that arguing and get on a good day all day, or code metaphysical equivalent of destiny deaf?  Or perhaps a symbol of faith, of God's direction?"

While the work had the existential angst of  a Beckett play, there was hope in the end, sympolized by a young boy on stage after Mirea exited with his "light" dog.  My first thought was that it wasn't quite fair to include another actor in this show, even if he was a child and I wished the actor had used the ramp more.  But it was a provocative performance.

The next show, Oscar si Buni Roz (Oscar and Bunny Rose) by Eric Emmanuel Schmitt (no director or set designer listed) was performed by Diana Gratiela Fufezan and she was listed as the writer and Vasile Sirli as the translator.  The set was a  comfy armchair up center with a table on a tea set had been put and a wooden block was stage left.

A nurse sitting in the chair begins the story as she tells the audience that she cared for a little boy named Oscar who was dying of cancer.  In the same children's ward was a young girl who Oscar calls Bunny Rose.  It is taken from the book of the same name and is an emotional story of how one young boy lives live to the fullest falling in love with Bunny Rose.  While Fufezan has an appealing charisma on stage, she really needed a director for this piece.  She had no knowledge of blocking, moving in a straight line from right to left downstage, with a few moments spent sitting on the wooden cube.

In just a polo shirt and jeans, there were no costume changes when she changed characters playing Bunny, Oscar and the nurse.  I noticed a small difference in vocalization (but none physically) and thought it was just about two characters until my Romanian friends told me the plot line.  This could have been a much stronger piece had she worked with a director, unless she thought of this as more of a story-telling type performance.
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