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Theatre and Dance in NOLA April 3-7

AZUL by Christina Quintana, directed by Estefanía Fadul. At age nine, Yadra left Castro’s Cuba. Now, as Alzheimer’s sets in, her mind returns to that time and place, bringing family secrets to light. With the loss of her mother, Zelia and her wife Lore embark on a journey that spans two countries and three generations. Running March 27- April 14 at Southern Rep. $25-$45

BARBECUE by Robert O'Hara A F#@%ked Up Family Comedy. The O'Mallery siblings (portrayed as parallel black and white families) as they set up a barbecue-cum-intervention for their youngest (and wildest) sibling.Presented by the Radical Buffoons March 21- April 6 at the Fortress of Lushington $15-$30

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER presented by Tennessee Williams Theatre Company. Truth, deceit, and horror intermingle in an overgrown jungle of a garden where Catharine struggles for her life. What horrible secrets are locked in Catharine’s head, and why is Violet so determined to silence them...and could it be that Violet is the victim, and that Catharine is the hunter? Running March 28- April 13 at the Lower Depths theatre $17-$30

The Blind Lera Auerbach’s unique 12-voice acapella opera is based on a haunting play of Flemish Symbolist writer Maurice Maeterlinck. A group of twelve blind patients have been led into the forest by their priest who guided them there to enjoy the last rays of sun before the winter. Running April 4-7 at the Marigny Opera House $50​

Body Traffic presented by New Orlean Ballet and NOCCA Institute. This high-energy, thought-provoking, humorous, jazzy dance peice spotlights an incredible range of styles with works by Hofesh Shechtor, Matthew Neenan and Richard Siegal and music by Peggy Lee, Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson and Count Basie. Running April 5-6 at NOCCA's Lupin Theatre. $50​

The Coronation: A Bee Opera A new, experimental opera by Louisiana-born musician Bernard Pearce about bees and the natural, and dramatic, process of crowning a new queen. Featuring new musical themes by Jonathan Freilich and a cast of amazing local improvisers including Helen Gillet, Julie Odell, Anais St. John and more. Running April 5-6 at The Music Box Village. $20​

WOKE: A Staged Reading presented by No Dream Deferred. An interracial relationship set entirely in a bed in the year 2016, with interjections from an omniscient narrator and a racist grandma. Working within the realm of dreams, this play is both deeply intimate and broadly applicable to contemporary American structural racism. April 6th at Salon in Canal Place. $10