The 12-minute loop loosely resembles a 1950s Borsht
Belt standup routine by a ring-in comic or illusionist, but given the surrounding dark gray floor and white walls, all the action seems to be taking place in an institution--whether modernist white cube or local insane asylum, take your pick--rather than a secluded resort in upstate New York where (surprise, surprise) this piece had its debut.
Despite having seen more wide-eyed girls desperate to break into the biz than she's had hot borsht
, Larisa takes a shine to the spunky newcomer, especially when she holds her own in the banter stakes and helpfully fixes Larisa's car.
Frequently this relationship is parodic; but unlike, say, some of the macaronic Yiddish-English parodies Borsht
Belt-era entertainers created a half century earlier, these texts are not self-mocking; rather, they constitute acts of cultural subversion, staking a claim on a cultural territory or sensibility widely thought of as alien to or incompatible with Yiddish.
When I think of what I miss most about Russia it is my family and the Borsht
soup,' she told the Echo.
Now who's she going to be able to feed that amazing borsht
of hers to?
Ach," he says, assuming a Borsht
Belt comic's accent, "it's all vaudeville.