Ron Lalá surprises with his latest production, “Villa y Marte”, a tribute to Madrid, as funny as it is unclassifiable.

Ron Lalá Villa y Marte
52 San Javier FEST. Theatre, Music and Dance

The Madrid company Ron LaLá pays its own particular tribute to Madrid with an unclassifiable work, “Villa y Marte”, a comic play as intelligent as it is funny, which inaugurates the theatrical section of the San Javier Fest. The company, which has evolved from its comic and nonsensical proposals of its origins 20 years ago, to the theatre in verse and the tradition of the classics of the Spanish Golden Century with productions such as “La Cervantina”, takes a step further, reinvents itself and surprises with a show that has the main and great purpose of making the audience laugh.

The plot develops from the arrival of an astronaut and his robot to the planet Mars, specifically to the city of Martiz, already inhabited by mutant neighbours who celebrate a popular and traditional verbena. While looking for a battery to return to Earth, the astronaut falls in love with a Martian girl with bewitching eyes with whom he intends to flee to Venus. The hallmark of Ron Lalá is present in a show that is very much a musical and has been defined as “the reinvention of the género chico in a Ron Lalá key”. Indeed, there is no shortage of sainetes and romanzas that coexist with popular songs and numbers that “evoke” the musicals of Broadway and London’s East End.

The show, witty and sarcastic, uses all the clichés of Madrid in a kind of self-criticism, provoking complicity and laughter from the audience. The castizo madrileño lexicon, the chotis, the chulapos and chulapas, Real Madrid and the capital city are some of the props of a crazy story in the form of a café teatro that ends up vindicating the castizo and what is proper: “let’s take care of our folklore and our musical tradition, with zarzuela as our flagship, so rich and more endangered than the Iberian lynx”.

Villa y Marte is a collective creation of the company, with text in verse by Álvaro Tato and direction by Yayo Cáceres, and performed by the veterans in the group, Daniel Rovalher, Miguel Magdalena and Juan Cañas, together with new additions Fran García and Diego Morales. The critics have highlighted the great acting work that can be seen in Villa y Marte, after its premiere at the beginning of the year in Valladolid before landing at the Canal theatres during the last season in Madrid.

Date: Sunday 7 August
Time: 22:30h.
Venue: Auditorio Parque Almansa, San Javier
Tickets: 18 and 22€.

 

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