Liselotte in May, the play written by the Hungarian author, Zsolt Pozsgai, received another corresponding title which is Happy end. The staging is both modern and very Romanian like so the audience can recognize themselves into the characters. One thing I did not entirely understood is why the names are not romanized, while the English, French, Spanish and other nations make even the first names language-friendly.
Let me tell you about this Romanian theater show that seems to be set especially for you, the one sitting in that cafe chair, with a drink in front of you, prepared to laugh at everything you see on stage. Is theater nothing but entertainment?
At first, sight, Happy end is quite a burst of laughter as Liz, the main female character, has to deal with all sorts of men with the purpose of finding the right one to marry her. Liz is a fine young lady whose innocent goodness attracts rather weird males that put her into weird situations. Naive and trustful, Liz sets all the dates at her lovely home on a lonely street in a town where she knows nobody. If I understood well the deepness of the character, she actually did not need a man, she needed his child, but the action of the play takes place into the mid 60s, so the option of artificial insemination is out of question.
Liz, by far, does not want the ideal man as she is far conviced there is no such thing at the old age of 30( Since when did 30 become old, when in Hollywood 40 is the new 30 ).
Nevertheless, she decides to give a shot to each man passing through her living room, proving to be both brave and desperate for becoming a wife and a mother. Liz is portrayed by Raluca Aprodu a very young and talented Romanian actress whose charm can be easily felt since the first lines uttered by her soft and jingling voice. Her personality changes from one scene to another and we see different sides of her, as her main aim remains the same – to get married and have kids.
The male characters are both funny and pitiful, as Tudor Aaron Istodor changes his voice, gestures and body expression from one man to another. We can make fun of those men, but really there is nothing to laugh about when we meet them in real life. The motorman, the accountant, the anarchist, the poet, the plumber, the beggar, the black suit man, they are all part of the play and they were meant to make Liz happy. I wonder who inspired the author to write this story which is really about women getting what they want, but not what they really need.
I am not convinced if there is a happy ever after for Liz, but as far I’ve noticed after the three shows I’ve been to, the audiences are delighted by the actor’s performances as they give rounds of applause and shouts. What would the author say about their acting? He should come to Godot Cafe and find out.