The arts scene this weekend offers drama fast and regular speed.
Calliope Productions in Boylston opens a seven-performance run of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” an irreverent, fast-paced, comic romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, presented in 97 minutes by only three actors. Shows run through March 17 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for regular admission, and $15 for students and seniors. Ticket reservations may be made by calling 508-869-6887 or by going to www.calliopeproductions.org. Calliope Productions Theatre, 150 Main St., Boylston.
Concord-Carlisle Regional High School presents “A Chorus Line,” the beloved musical drama about 17 dancers auditioning for spots in a chorus line in a Broadway musical. Performances are March 8, 9, 15, and 19 at 7 p.m. and March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 seniors/students and can be purchased at www.ccpops.org or at the door. For more information, call 978-318-1400. Concord-Carlisle High School is located at 500 Walden St. in Concord.
The high school students of the Wellesley High Drama Society present a self-scripted drama inspired by the all-school read, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Students met with doctors and cancer survivors as they moved from improv sessions to script development, ultimately leading to the production of “Passenger,” a show about one teen’s journey that moves between reality and abstraction as she faces cancer. The show will be performed tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Wellesley High School Auditorium, 50 Rice St., Wellesley; tickets are $5. The play will also be performed March 13-16 in Boston as part of a double billing with the Boston Arts Academy. All proceeds from Boston shows will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. For more information on the Boston performances, go to www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/Merge.
Jones Jr., the teen troupe of Improv Jones Boston, composed of teens from Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, Wellesley, Winchester, Newton, and Belmont, offers its next monthly performance tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Center for the Arts. Jones Jr. shows are once a month and feature long and short improv. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information on Improv Jones or the Jr. Troupe, go to improvjonesboston.com
MUSIC FROM THE AGES, FOR ALL AGES: A World of Music, Middlesex Community College’s 2013 spring concert series, presents 500 years of flute music performed by the Willow Flute Ensemble, this Sunday at 3 p.m. in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6), 591 Springs Road, Bedford. Under the direction of Orlando Cela, the ensemble features 12 musicians playing regular flute, alto flute, bass flute, and piccolo. All works on the program are new arrangements of music by Claudio Monteverdi, Joaquín Rodrigo, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, and Antonin Dvorak. The concert is free and open to all.
The lively bluegrass band Southern Rail performs this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Medway Public Library, 26 High St., Medway. Tickets are $10 adult/$5 students. Free for children under 12. For information and tickets, call 508-533-3217.
The Friends of the Goodnow Library offer an afternoon of Renaissance music and more this Sunday at 3 p.m. The Solstice Sackbuts will be performing medieval and Renaissance music, as well as classical music, pop, and jazz. Admission is free. Goodnow Library is located at 21 Concord Road, Sudbury. For more information, call 978-443-1035 or go to www.town.sudbury.ma.us/departments/Library.
The Metropolitan Chorale presents “From the Stage,” a program including choral works from “Dido and Aeneas,” “Magic Flute,” “Carmen,” “La Triviata,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Guys and Dolls,” and more, on Sunday at 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon St., Newton Centre. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 seniors/students and will be available at the door and at www.metropolitanchorale.org.
TRANSLATING FILMS THE WORLD OVER: Belmont World Film announces its 12th annual international film series, “Found in Translation,” weekly on Mondays at 7:30 p.m., beginning this Monday and running through April 29 (with one additional screening on Wednesday, March 27). Studio Cinema in Belmont (376 Trapelo Road). The series features the US or New England premieres of eight films, each in multiple languages or featuring some sort of translation, produced or filmed in countries ranging from Argentina to Zambia. All films include either post-film discussions by notable experts or culturally-related performances or cuisine. The opening film is “Chinese Take-Away,” preceded by an optional Chinese dinner featuring wines from Argentina at 6 p.m. Tickets for individual films are $11 general admission and $9 for students, seniors, and Belmont World Film members. The Belmont World Film Passport includes seven admissions for $60 (not good for opening night) and can be shared with one other person. Tickets to the opening dinner on Monday are $25. Purchase tickets for both films, passports, and the dinner in advance at www.mktix.com/bwf or in person at the Studio Cinema during box office hours. On day of show, tickets are available 30 minutes prior to each screening. For more information, visit www.belmontworldfilm.org or call 617-484-3980. Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont.
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