This month Jacó Beach will be the scene of virtually non-stop comedy with Teatro Jaco’s inaugural “JACO Ha Ha 2012,” featuring two weekends of acts from the United States, two weekends of Costa Rican acts and comedy workshops in both English and Spanish.
The first half of the month will be devoted to English acts, which started yesterday with “Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories” until the Monday, then the next night comedy troupe, Upright Citizen’s Brigade will take over with two nights of workshops followed by five nights of performances.
Breaking for one day, the second half of the month with feature comedy acts in Spanish, starting off with two nights of workshops, followed by three nights of Sergio Masis’ “Maldito Murphy,” and concluding with three performances of a sit-com-styled show called “Qué Zambrote!”
“Now everybody’s on vacation in Costa Rica. It’s nice to have something for people to enjoy and laugh at,” said Ulrike Gutiérrez, production assistant at Teatro Jacó. “It’s a good month for that.”
Founded in 2010 by Darren Lee Cole, who also co-owns an off-Broadway theater in New York City called SoHo Playhouse, Teatro Jacó opened at the Oceans Center, last December.
Although Ms. Gutiérrez says that the two shows in English have already been performed at Cole’s theater in New York City and were fairly easy to book for Teatro Jacó, but she says this is still a very busy month compared to what they are used to.
“Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories” is an autobiographical stand-up performance by Rhonda Faye Gunnels, in which she tells stories of growing up in her mother’s beauty salon. She will give four more performances until Monday.
Next up is two evenings of workshops and five performances by Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational theater group with performance spaces in New York City and Hollywood, California. Upright Citizens once had its own television show on Comedy Central from 1998 until 2000, and has had members such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sans over the years.
For the local acts performing in Spanish, Ms. Gutiérrez says that Teatro Jacó had little trouble recruiting the acts from San José, where most performers are based.
After the cast of “Qué Zambrote!” gives two workshops on the 18th and 19th, one actor and one actress will perform 21 shorts about how Murphy’s Law affects all stages of life, in actor, director and playwrightttt Sergio Masis’ “Maldito Murphy,” which will run three nights that weekend.
After a three-day pause, “Qué Zambrote!” will return for three performances, from July 26 to 28, in which local comedians Rita Fields and Ricardo Segura will play 14 characters and depict comedic scenes of everyday Costa Rican life.
For the performances in English, general tickets cost $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP seating which includes two drinks. Performances in Spanish are $10 for general admission and $20 for VIP seating. The workshops in English are $20 for one night and $30 for both nights. The workshops in Spanish cost 5,000 colons for one night and 7,500 for both.
All shows start at 8 p.m., and all workshops start at 6 p.m.