Drama Queen

If life reflects art, then those who watch soap operas must lead the most dramatically tangled webs of lives. While we'll readily admit to getting sucked into a soap or two on sick days, we have to say that our lives have never exactly reflected the, ahem, art we were enjoying. How tiresome it must be to deal with the torrid love affairs, secret children, and incessant scheming that daytime diehards' daily lives must require. We get a peek into one such story in Odilon Rocha's A Novela das Oito (Prime Time Soap). Set in Brazil in 1978, the film follows a high-class prostitute who's hooked on a telenovela and her sidekick maid as the duo flees a terrible accident. Exploring the need for escapism in both a literal and metaphorical sense, the dramedy explores its characters' love of disco, dancing, and the soap opera Dancin' Days, while living under a dictatorship. The film screens in the Stage 2 theater at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 17. Additional screenings are scheduled through Monday, August 25. Tickets are $5 via or by calling 480-499-8587.

Sun., Aug. 17, 2 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 18, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 24, 2 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 25, 7 p.m., 2014
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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