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Man of La Mancha 

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Or so Monty Python says. But Man of La Mancha indulges in its own absurd tales. The musical tells the story of Cervantes, imprisoned and awaiting his day in a Spanish court when he finds himself being questioned by fellow prisoners who want his possessions. His only defense is the elaborate distraction of staging the story of Don Quixote, a foolish noble who tilts at windmills, convinced of his own heroic deeds. Cervantes himself lived an absurd life, at one time being captured by pirates and sold into slavery before later extracting himself and beginning his writing career. The story of Quixote both reflected the twisted politics of his times and caused him some duress for having lampooned them. Brandt Blocker directs this more lighthearted indulgence of Quixote's comic plight. Tickets $26, $23 seniors, $19 students, $12 children. -- Will Coviello

7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 20-21; 2:30 p.m. Sun., Oct 22

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 A Sala Ave., Westwego, 885-2000; www.jpas.org

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