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It’s time to laugh in two languages.

Spanish playwright Juan Carlos Rubio’s “Apartment For Sale (Tenant Included)” starts a four-week, bilingual run at Thalía Spanish Theatre on Friday, Sept. 23. The comedy made its U.S. premiere at the Sunnyside performance center last June, and now it is back by popular demand.

A spoof on human relations, living space and materialism, the play features three peculiar characters: Lola, an old woman whose only possession is her apartment; Sara, an ambitious young life insurance saleswoman who has material wealth and an anxious personality; and a bumbling real estate salesman who only makes matters worse.

Lola’s spacious apartment has a nice view and great natural light. Plus, it is located in a hot neighborhood. However, it’s on sale for half of what it’s worth because Lola wants to live there with the new purchaser until she dies. Sara really wants the place because she desperately needs a safe, quiet space to deal with the demons in her private life. Can they negotiate a deal?

With English shows on Fridays (8 p.m.) and Saturdays (3 p.m.) and Spanish presentations on Saturdays (8 p.m.) and Sundays (4 p.m.), the comedy will run until Oct. 23. Tickets are $25 each, but there are special group rates.

Founded by Cuba-born actress and director Silvia Brito in 1977, Thalía Spanish Theatre, is the only bilingual Latino venue in Queens.


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