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¡Ay, Carmela!

By José Sanchis Sinisterra
Directed by Francisco Reyes
Starring Puy Navarro & Francisco Reyes
Performed in Spanish with subtitles in English & Spanish via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System.

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Photo by Curro Amador
Recommended for adult audiences

A perfect mix of comedy and drama, ¡Ay, Carmela! is a tribute to love, courage, life in the theatre, and a heartbreaking look at the absurdity of war. An overnight success following its Spanish premiere in 1987, it was made into an award-winning movie by Carlos Saura, starring Carmen Maura as Carmela.

Carmela and Paulino survive the Spanish Civil War traveling with their vaudeville comedy act. With a touch of flamenco, a bit of charm and lots of flair, they win over every audience.

A twist of fate lands them under arrest by Franco's army at a small town theater. Now they've got a single night to improvise a comedy routine and wow senior military officers. And that's when things get really complicated. Among the audience is a group of prisoners facing execution the next morning, and Carmela and Paulino must ridicule them as part of the show. How will they save the night and their necks without betraying everything they believe in?

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