How do you tell your real friends from the fakers? You know, which are the ones that would take a bulletor at least, tell you they wouldand which are the ones that smile, nod, agree with you to your face and then remove that smiling mask like a villain in Scooby-Doo once you're out of the room? One of the best tests, of course, is a pop quiz: What's my favorite type of sandwich?! Natural hair color?! My mother's maiden name?! But that can be a bit suspicious...as well as alienating for true friends with horrible memory retention. Others say a surefire way to tell is to go into politics. Your friends and enemies will become crystal clear. Not so for politician Willy Brandt in Theatre Three's latest, Democracy. After winning a popular election, Willy uncovers a little more mayhem and confusion than his campaign platform probably allowed for. He's forced to ask: Who's a spy? Who's involved in a little intrigue? Is this democracy? Why are these questions coming up amongst my closest friends? Find out the answers as Democracy hits the stage at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St. (in the Quadrangle). Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays (with matinees January 24 and 31). Tickets are $20 to $35. Call 214-871-3300 or visit theatre3dallas.org.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 4. Continues through Jan. 31