If you're unsure about whether we need some sort of national health care, maybe George Bernard Shaw can persuade you. He prefaced his forward-thinking 1906 comedy The Doctor's Dilemma with an 88-page treatise arguing for socialized medicine and against using animals for research. The play focuses on a doctor named Ridgeon who's discovered a cure for consumption. The trouble is medical resources are scarce, so he can only cure one patient. The good doctor has to choose between a talented artist who's also a lowlife (though he's got a lovely wife who has caught the doctor's eye) and a good, honest doctor who takes care of the poor. You might think it's easy to predict how things will turn out, but keep in mind Shaw didn't put much faith in the medical profession. See The Doctor's Dilemma at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through October 3. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times. For information, call 713-524-6706 or visit www.mainstreettheater.com. $26 to $40.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 4. Continues through Oct. 3, 2010