With riots and freedom marches protesting the vulgar imbalance of rights between the bejeweled and the sweaty, the 1789 French Revolution turned some heads (into baskets). The strength in numbers and shared pain spoke to German playwright, scientist and wanted agitator, George Buchner. His 1836 play Woyzeck became an underground hit among the disenfranchised who manned the new industrial machine for their imperial "mastahs." "Peace to the hovels! Death to the palaces!" (Meanwhile, have you compared the salaries of corporate CEOs and single moms working at McDonald's lately? Can you say Urban American Revolution?) Buchner died at age 23 of typhus, but his few brilliant works heralded the Expressionist movement, the voice of the common man. Kitchen Dog Theater performs Dan Day's adaptation of Woyzeck Friday through March 17 in the Black Box Theater at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 214-953-1055 or visit kitchendogtheater.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 25, 2 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 28, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 11, 2 p.m.; Wed., March 14, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 16. Continues through March 15