“Beyond Therapy” – Patients vs. Psychiatrists
“Beyond Therapy” is Darya Yantiskaya’s fifth theatrical project as a director at AUBG. She shares that she feels the cast of the play as her family. She has worked with most of the actors during her years at AUBG and she knows them very well. This is the first time she has worked with Ilian Velev, but Yanitskaya sees a lot of potential in his acting skills.
“There was a lot of hard work, a lot of effort and dedication in the preparation, but the result was truly worth it,” the director said. “I hope everyone enjoyed the show and could relate to it in a certain way.”
The comedy focuses on Bruce (Ilian Velev) and Prudence (Ana Milkova) – two perplexed and misguided souls, searching for love. The two of them meet through a newspaper ad, but their date does not go very well.
He is too emotional and hasty and tends to cry in very spontaneous moments. What is more, he is bisexual and has a male lover at home. She is insecure and confused in her love life. After an awkward conversation, they end up the date by throwing glasses of water in their faces.
In the next scene, we see both of them speaking with their respective psychiatrists about their experiences at the date. It turns out that not only the two patients need some medical help. Prudence’s therapist Dr. Framingham (Igor Myakotin) is a macho, who unsatisfied with his sexual life is trying to seduce every woman around, including his patients. Once having an affair, he does not stop bothering Prudence with seductive proposals instead of helping her.
Bruce’s psychiatrist turns out to be an eccentric woman called Mrs. Wallace (Ayna Pirkuliyeva), who always forgets what she is saying, encourages her patients to express freely their feelings in any occasions and leads her therapy with the use of Snoopy doll, which helps her patients in emotional moments.
Clearly the two therapists have as much psychological problems as their patients. Mrs. Wallace suggests Bruce to revise the ad and to publish it again. This time again Prudence has been attracted by it, so they meet each other for a second time, but this time they manage to find a common language and actually discover that they like each other.
Complications occur when Bruce’s homosexual lover Bob (Kristiyan Dimitrov) finds out about their affair and tries to do everything that comes to his mind in order to separate the newly-formed couple.
A series of satirical events gather all together the two therapists, their patients and the crazy lover Bob in one restaurant. The chaos gets even deeper when Bruce decides to propose marriage to Prudence. Deeply hurt, Bob decides to leave with the waiter Andrew (Tomas Naglis), in an attempt to make Bruce jealous. At the end, all of the characters manage to find their own pathways to the happiness, one way or another.
ABF Theatre was full of people interested in the project of the AUBG students. Marina Penkova, a first-year student, shared that this was one of the greatest acting that she has ever seen.
“The roles of the actors was very well chosen and I had a lot of fun during the play. If I could, I would love to watch it again!” she said.
The theatre season at AUBG
will continue until next week with several others class and independent projects.