America in 2009 is a tough place for the working class. Lay-offs could be reported like the weather, with a five-day forecast (mostly cloudy with occasional drizzle), while CEOs head to sunny Dubai with billions of our tax dollars in their pockets. The few manufacturing plants left plan on moving to China, because unless you play baseball or write screenplays, you probably don't belong to a union. Richard Bissell's musical, The Pajama Game, takes us back to the '50s, when unions had leverage and even a raise as small as 7 cents was worth fighting for, at least to the employees at Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. That fight gets complicated when the factory superintendent and the union leader fall in love and, emotionally torn, poison themselves in the end--wait, wrong play. That step would only be necessary in 2009. The Pajama Game comes to the Majestic Theatre at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, with additional shows daily through March 15. Tickets are $15 to $85. Call 214-631-ARTS.
March 10-13, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 14, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 15, 2 & 8 p.m., 2009