photo: © Ivan Donchev

The author of Bella Figura, the latest production to watch at the Bulgarian Army Theater, is Yasmina Reza - a French actress, playwright and writer. Many of her satirical plays touch on the temporary crises and problems of the middle class. In Bulgaria she is familiar with the plays "ART" and "The God of Slaughter". In Bella Figure, the viewer meets two people, lovers, in the parking lot of a restaurant, on their way to dinner and spend some time together. Reza touches on the topic of a dysfunctional, disintegrating family, interfering with the husband of the man who is present in the conversation between the two, disrupting their intimacy. 

photo: © Ivan Donchev

The story becomes even more unbearable when the couple meets family friends of the husband and his wife. Typical of Yasmina Reza is that through her work she reveals the lies and intolerance of family relationships - be it between man and woman, mother and son, daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. The modern man is presented as woven of misunderstandings, misunderstandings, sadness, loneliness, self-delusion, doom. However, we wear masks daily to portray ourselves as brilliant and sinless in order to make another attempt to fulfill the unwritten rules and rules of conduct in society.

photo: © Ivan Donchev

Before the BNR, director Anton Ugrinov said that in his play the main question was: How does one love not come out of fear, how many of our choices are not ours, but we make them in our desire to please others and support " Bella figure “in front of them? Actors Gergana Pletnyova, Stanislav Ganchev, Georgi Karkelanov, Stefka Yanorova, Elena Raynova and Georgi Yovchev recreate these emotions through wonderful acting, sending them both as a message and as a question for the audience. Sarcastically, Yvonne (Elena Raynova) shares that "things can be imitated. For example, I sometimes imitate calm and reconciliation. " "But this eternal theater that we play, tires, wears out, makes us unhappy: 'Sadness, sorrow, sorrow, sorrow' like a Russian matryoshka doll in each other!" - sadly notes Andrea (Gergana Pletnyova), the mistress.

photo: © Ivan Donchev

Ironically, and through the many comical and absurd situations that the characters face, the play Bella Figura brings to the surface all those internal, deeply hidden and unspoken emotions of frustration and anxiety that, at one point, only hurt us. 

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