let me say right off the bat, i saw the show tonight and i loved it. it is the most complete piece in English portraying Albanian Style living, so anyone with an american date, should take them to see it. even if we don’t all identify with the lifestyle, it makes us exotic enough in the eyes of americans to warrant a second look (the reason i am saying this is that i’ve always felt we are not exotic enough as foreigners. not all of us wear head-kerchiefs, strange jewelry on their boobies, or shoot guns at weddings. we need to establish an identity people!)
elza is great there, very full of good energy, and very communicative with the voice of Kanun. if it was me though, i’d have made the jokes a bit more rapid fire, but she is dead on with the impersonations of different characters and entirely at home with her material. her aunt could have been my aunt, and her stuff was eerily similar to some of my own expenses with marriages and divorce. (to this day, the only separated but not divorced! people in my family are one cousin and one aunt. i think it is actually part of the reason why i am terrified of commitment.
the show is simple, with only one set and elsa doing all the characters as she seamlessly tells the story. luan bexheti does the voice of Kanun, which i liked very much. (did not expect booming from such a very well behaved gentleman, but that is why he is an actor and i am not.) it is all very well put together, and you never get bored. the jokes are funny and you can’t help laughing and shaking your head in places, even though you are trying not to. (see, we albanians are also a very tough crowd to perform to, because we do not think that laughing out loud is proper and we are naturally sarcastic and totally in self-denial.)
i.e. -my parents never insisted on marriage like that!
-oh yeah? where did you grow up, the moon? and how many girls they introduced to you on that last trip home?
so that is it. go see it and enjoy it people, because it is worth it. and ten years from now, when you see Oscar reruns, and elza Zagreda winning the little man again, you will proudly say to your kids: “I was there when it all started, you know.”