“The Book of Will” continues at BRAVO! Theatre. This is the story of William Shakespeare’s friends, who after his death gathered the pieces of his plays together and put them into folios which were formally printed into his plays.
Without his friends, we would never have even known who Shakespeare was, much less have been exposed to the beauty of his plays and sonnets.
Written in modern English, “The Book of Will” is a rollicking, joyous look at Shakespeare’s world and those who inhabited it – and the deep, timeless bonds of friendship.
The play will be performed in full period costume by some of Lakeside’s most experienced and talented actors.
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission of “Der Fliegende Holländer” by Richard Wagner, scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Movie Space Cinemas in Ajijic has been cancelled. The City of New York has canceled all live shows until March 31 due to efforts to reduce contagion of the coronavirus.
• Puerto Vallarta sensation Piel Canela makes a special appearance with guest cellist Luis Rascon, Sunday, March 15, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.
• Mike and the Suspects perform on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. Tickets are 150 pesos.
• Dueling drag divas Jo Anna and Chi Chi Rones present their Queen of Thrones show Friday, March 20, 7 p.m. Tickets are 300 pesos.
• The Charlie Jazz Band present an homage to Luis Armstrong, playing “Hello Dolly,” “What a Wonderful World,” and many more of Satchmo’s favorites, Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m. Tickets are 250 pesos.
• Spencer Day performs his Time After Time show with special guest Effie Passero – an American Idol finalist – and accompanied by Zoe and Leon, Sunday, March 22 and Monday, March 23, 7 p.m.
• A Black Tie Affair features the music from 007 films. Derek Carkner, Diego Guerreo, Maria Rose, Andrew Sands and John Elenza will keep your martini shaken, not stirred Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings.
Thursday, March 19, 2 p.m., see “Beanpole” (Dylda) (2019, Russia). War has devastated Leningrad in 1945. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amidst the ruins. A powerful anti-war film. (133 minutes.)
LCS Blues Fest
Tommy Banks and The Soul Investors and Blue Jay Slim and The Blues Machine are the featured bands at the Lake Chapala Society’s second annual Blues Fest, Saturday, March 21, 2:30-6:30 p.m. on the LCS grounds. Food is courtesy of the Smoke House and La Paceña. Book ice-cream will be on sale. Tickets are 300 pesos pre-sale, and 350 pesos at door. Available at the LCS office.
Artists Shannon Kilkenny, Jaime Barbiery, Ramon Sotop and Victor Alcazar present a pop-up art show and sale Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calle Emiliano Zapata 46, one block north of Donas Donuts.
A tribute to recently deceased lakeside musician Jimmy Barto will be held at La Bodega, Tuesday, March 24, 4 p.m. Reservations: 376-766-1002.
Drama and comedy collide as people say their goodbyes, declare their love, roar with laughter, spit insults, grab a final embrace and renew old battles in Lakeside Little Theatre’s next production, “The Actress,” which runs March 27 through April 5.
A touchingly funny homage to theatrical living, “The Actress,” by Peter Quilter and directed by Peggy Lord Chilton, features the cast of Patty Simpson, Georgette Richmond, Jennifer Wisniewski, Rosann Balbontin, Ron Mikulicic, Candace Luciano and Brian Mattes.
In this delightful and light-hearted play, the famous Lydia Martin sweeps into her dressing room for the final performance of her long and glittering career. Around her are her dresser, her agent, her daughter, her ex-husband, her new fiancé and the company manager, bringing with them a flurry of goodbyes, tears, insults, laughs, recriminations, kisses and regrets.
The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees, 4 p.m., and the evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday; during the run of the show every day but Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon; and one hour before curtain. Email tickets@ lakesidelittletheatre.com.
Bare Stage Theatre
Bare Stage Theatre presents “These Shining Lives,” a drama by Melanie Marnich, directed by Phyllis Silverman, Friday to Sunday, March 27 to 29.
The plot revolves around the true-life circumstances of “The Radium Girls” – women in the 1920s, just newly accepted into the world of work but still considered expendable. (A big film release coming soon.) It’s a story of love and survival in its most transcendent sense, as the women refuse to allow the company, which has them painting glow-in-the-dark watch faces using the radium that steals their health, to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them.
The cast comprises Amalia Crocker, Frank Lynch, Dick Miller, Gisele Phipps, Darlene Sherwood and Claudine Weinfeld.
The Bare Stage Theatre is located on the mountain side of the Carretera Chapala-Ajijic 261 in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church.
The Quinteto 5to Agave, a group focused on bringing quality woodwind music, performs at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Saturday, March 28, 6 p.m. Tickets are 190 pesos.
The Ballet Folklorico Ixtlacateotl, under the direction of Carlos Rayo, performs “Alma de Mexico” Sunday, March 29, 7 p.m. at the Antigua Presidencia Municipal de Chapala. Tickets are 30 pesos.
The Lake Chapala Community Orchestra will perform exciting concerts Sunday, March 29, and Monday, March 30, 3 p.m. at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church.
Entitled “Pages from History,” the concert will feature orchestral works written to commemorate famous historical events.
“Before film music gave us a musical background to history, composers such as Beethoven and Tchaikovsky composed orchestra works depicting significant historical events,” says Michael Reason, the orchestra’s conductor. “1812” by Tchaikovsky is perhaps the most famous of these but “Finlandia” by Sibelius and Egmont Overture by Beethoven are equally appropriate in their respective appraisal of history.
Reason believes that an orchestral concert should appeal to a wide audience and his ability to program concerts with works from diverse musical genres is a hallmark of the orchestra’s presentations.
Guest artists include local vocalist Judy Roberts singing a World War II song medley, and the orchestra’s principal clarinetist, Susanne Bullock, in Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto.”
Music from the cinema will feature prominently, with James Horner’s magnificent score to “Apollo 13” and John Williams’ moving theme to Oliver Stone’s “JFK.” All the music is complimented with video projections.