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A Brecht satire

Hungarian director Eniko Eszenyi makes her American debut directing Bertolt Brecht's 1926 political satire, A Man's a Man, which opens at Washington's Arena Stage tonight. The early Brecht play focuses on a dock worker's transformation into a human fighting machine.

Arena's artistic director, Molly Smith, first saw Eszenyi's work three years ago on a trip to Hungary under the auspices of the Center for International Theatre Development, which is headed by Philip Arnoult (founder of Baltimore's Theatre Project). In a statement, Smith said she had been trying to find an appropriate play for Eszenyi ever since and that she feels the Hungarian director's "highly improvisational and physical style" are especially well suited to Brecht's rarely performed anti-war play.

Former Baltimorean Zachary Knower stars as dock worker Galy Gay. Other major roles are played by Tim Artz, C.S. Lee and Valerie Leonard.

Show times at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and selected Sundays, noon selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through March 7. Tickets are $42-$60. For more information call 202-488-3300.

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