Though playwright Dario Fo once complained that "political theater has become a kind of byword for boring theater," he certainly wasnt talking about himself. Born in 1926, this master of farce spent his career harassed by the police, threatened by the right wing and blasted by the Vatican. No matter, the Italian had the last laugh when he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1997. And his political farces about everything from AIDS to class struggles to women's rights remain as funny and as iconoclastic as ever. Main Street Theater and The Menil Collection are producing one of Fo's lesser-known works, One Was Nude and One Wore Tails. The odd story about a naked man in a dust bin and street sweepers uses vaudeville, slapstick and satire to make its very funny point about the silly pretensions of society. 7:30 p.m. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit www.menil.org. Free (advance tickets are required).
Tue., June 15, 7:30 p.m., 2010