Mr. B is struggling with the demands of modern life and makes yet another dip into his briefcase when he discovers, of all things, an aquarium inside.
As he pulls the aquarium out of his case, he enters “Bubblelandia” – a world as effervescent as champagne, colorful as an exploding rainbow and ethereal as a ride on a dragon’s back.
That’s the subject of the “B – The Underwater Bubble Show,” which combines lasers, large and small soap bubbles, smoke, magic and acrobatics, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. in Columbus.
Tickets are $26.50 and $36.50 and may be purchased at the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts ticket center, 39 E. State St. in Columbus; at capa.com; or by phone at 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.
Influenced by “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan” and “The Little Mermaid,” Enrico Pezzoli and Dace Pecolli, the husband-and-wife creators and co-producers of the show, said the performance is a stylized Cirque du Soleil.
Peter Rimms, who plays Mr. B, said the main character is overwhelmed by today’s technology and the fast-paced nature of the world and his life.
When he escapes to Bubblelandia, he encounters seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids and other creatures.
Technological aspects – lasers, low ground smoke and flying foam – simulate waves and build the oversized atmosphere.
Submerged in this happy, soothing place, Mr. B forgets his stressed-out natural world and enjoys his glittering surroundings.
“It’s important that he gets back to himself, that we are colorful and joyful and sparkling,” Rimms said. “In the show, he discovers the way back to himself, which is a happy person.”
Pezzoli said the modern version of the bubble show evolved over a few years. He said he has hired a professional writer and fashion designer from Latvia – where Pezzoli and Pecolli now live – to support the visuals and storyline.
But the performance has an enduring message for youth and adults – something as simple as bubbles can help people reclaim their sense of joy, Pecolli said.
“Bubbles have something magical inside,” she said. “We all have troubles bigger or smaller in our lives, but when we look at soap bubbles, we all forget our troubles. I’ve never met anybody who doesn’t love bubbles.”