Woody Allen Meets Shakespeare

Baja Shakespeare produces plays that have very little to do with Shakespeare. As in none.
BY: PHIL GOODE

The Baja Shakespeare theater company is gearing up for its eighteenth season and has been working on their newest production since last summer (so it better be good, right?).

Director Camilla Ford has adapted Woody Allen’s Oscar-nominated film “Bullets Over Broadway” into the company’s own version called “The Baja Shakeup.”

“The Baja Shakeup” is a play within a play, revolving around local playwright Billy Shakes, who’s eager to produce a performance of Romeo and Juliet with the theater company. It’s set in the Roaring Twenties, so you can expect ragtime music, flappers and fellas in zoot suits.

Play organizers also tell us there will be lots of slapstick antics, and local jokes that the regular audiences of Baja Shakespeare have come to know and love.

Performances start at 7 p.m. on March 9th and 10th, with a matinee on Sunday, March 11th at 1:30 p.m. The show continues on Wednesday, March 14th and runs through Saturday, March 17th, all with 7 p.m. showtimes. Doors open an hour early.

Performances will be held in the convention center at the Buena Vista Beach Resort outside Los Barriles. The resort will be offering pre-show dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. and special room rates for guests wanting to stay overnight (ticket price not included). For hotel reservations, call 624-142-0099 or email info@hotelbuenavista.com.

Tickets are $20 USD and can be purchased locally at Baja Homes & Land or Galeria Los Angeles. For will call tickets, call 624-141-0314 or email nanatembden@ymail.com.

The Festival de Artes in Los Barriles is scheduled for Sunday, March 18th, so you can make a weekend out of it by going to the play on Saturday and the art festival on Sunday. But buy your play tickets early, because organizers say the March 17th performance will be the first to sell out.