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    The Dragonfly Princess

    The Vortex presents ethos' classic tale of magic, power, and transformation. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness, Chad Salvata created the story, music, and aesthetics of this epic wherein we "journey with Princess Mala as she rides Xéphyra the Dragonfly into the wilds in search of Vyn, the renegade Sorceress. The Magic of the Pearls, the Mysteries of the Temples, and the Secrets of the Ages are revealed as Mala is transformed from the Green Princess into the Red Queen." The intense musical spectacle won a B. Iden Payne Award in 2007, and this new production directed by Bonnie Cullum features eight additional scenes and songs – and all new designs and choreography.
    Through April 15. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. $15-37.  
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    Fusebox Festival

    The fuse was lit in Austin, back in 2005, by cultural provocateurs who “wanted to create a robust exchange of ideas across different art forms and geography, with a particular interest in the live experience.” Now, 18 years later, artists and audiences gather from all over the world for this explosion of live performances and art, as Fusebox presents its annual curated conflagration of film, theater, dance, visual art, literature, music, and more.
    April 12-16. $15-20.  
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    Luchadora!

    When an aged pink lucha libre mask is found in a small Texas town in the 1960s, an inspiring journey of heritage, cultural identity, and family traditions set in the world of lucha libre unfold in this moving story of "a young girl who defies traditional roles of women and breaks personal barriers through drive, determination, y ganas." The cast features guest Equity artists Tonie Knight and Victor Santos alongside St. Ed's students, directed by Khristián Méndez Aguirre.
    Through April 23. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-28.  
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    Roe

    At age 27, Austin attorney Sarah Weddington won the landmark 1973 case Roe v Wade that legalized abortion, making her the youngest person to ever successfully argue a case before the Supreme Court. A national debate ensued, and a divide in America endures over this controversial issue. What most people don't know is that after the case, Ms. Weddington and Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe," the plaintiff), took divergent life paths that reflect the complicated polarization in our culture. Poignant, surprising, and with unexpected humor, this play by Lisa Loomer, directed for Zach Theatre by Jenny Lavery, illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause.
    Through April 30. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    Self Portraits

    Bottle Alley returns to its DIY and punk roots for their third incarnation of Self Portraits. Thirty new pieces are performed each night in an East Austin warehouse, in a style that they believe can be best described as controlled chaos. Directed by Chris Fontanes.
    Through April 16. Fri.-Sun., 7pm. $15.  
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    St. Nicholas

    In this darkly comic one-man performance written by Conor McPherson, a theater critic relates tales of his life among the vampires. Last time 'round, the local media called the show "hilarious, harrowing" and "a must-see" and said, "Hyde Park Theatre's Ken Webster holds the audience utterly spellbound." And it's true: He totally fecking does, and this brilliant and brilliantly twisted show will make your shadows dance a goddamn hornpipe for having witnessed such strange beauty. Look, our own reviewer thinks so, too.
    Through April 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $21 and up.  
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    The Winter's Tale

    The Baron's Men, costumed in a manner that is as historically accurate as possible, present their new production of this Shakespeare classic, directed by Anneliese Friend at the Curtain Theatre – a replica of the original Globe Theatre – on the shores of Lake Austin.
    Through April 29. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $17-25.  

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