There's humor to be found in Thatcherism, as wry social critic Gordon Haber reveals in his funny novella False Economies. Performed by renowned English film, stage, and television star Maxwell Caulfield, False Economies is told from the perspective of David Bergmann, a young American in London, living out his quarter-life crisis while working at a West End bar. Caulfield's rich, nuanced voice lends Bergmann a wry pathos as he discovers his ticket to adulthood: the pursuit of a sophisticated, somewhat older woman, Sofia. But of course, Bergmann needs some cash to capture the elegant Sofia, and what he does to get it introduces him to a new economic reality.
London, 1990: Thatcher is on her way out, but Thatcherism is in full swing. Meanwhile David Bergmann, a young American working in a West End bar, is having a quarter-life crisis. He loves London, but he’s broke, he can’t get a girlfriend, and his flatmate is kicking him out.
Then he meets Sofia. On paper it’s a bad match - she’s a little older and a lot more sophisticated. But Bergmann is convinced that this fantastic woman can give him the purpose he lacks. All he needs to do is find the cash for a (hopefully) life-changing weekend with her in Paris. Thus Bergmann takes a radical step for a nice Jewish boy and moves into a squat. He’ll quickly learn that in Thatcherite England, free rent comes at a price.
"False Economies" is a funny and moving story about young love in London and the mistakes we make while trying to grow up.