The Iraqi government could learn something from mistakes made in Germany after World War II. In 1944, when the Allies started carving up his country to ward off post-war religious and class disputes, playwright Bertolt Brecht said, "Back off! Let the people who have to live in the house decide how to arrange the furniture." Or so he wrote in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, his much-heralded play that counterbalances a fairy tale of a mother's love against the setting of post-revolutionary fence-mending. He borrowed wisdom from the Bible's King Solomon and the Buddhist tale "Circle of Chalk" to prove that judgments should go in favor of those who will make best use of "the prize." This powerful social drama, full of song and broad comedy, runs Thursday through February 12 at Addison Theatre Centre's Second Thought Studio, 15650 Addison Road. Call 972-450-6232 or visit www.watertowertheatre.org.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 26. Continues through Feb. 12