Theater & Performing Arts

Marx in Soho

When: Jan. 9-11, 8 p.m. 2010

Howard Zinn may be incapable of thinking small. Not that he hasn't tried. Roughly two decades after publishing his most famous work, A People's History of the United States, Zinn switched from big political screeds to single character studies. It just so happens that he chose for his first character the controversial 19th-century philosopher Karl Marx. Zinn's 1999 play Marx in Sohogives Marx a chance to reappear, one hundred years after his death, in Soho, New York. Old and feeble, but thoroughly aware, Marx attempts to disassociate himself from various totalitarian states. He excoriates the people who used his theories for evil. And he offers personal anecdotes about the man behind the manifesto -- i.e., the Marx who struggled with family, relationships, and poor health. Jerry Levy plays the lead role in a production directed by Michael Fox Kennedy, onstage Sat., January 2, through Mon., January 4, at Flux 53 Theater (5306 Foothill Blvd., Oakland). 8 p.m., $15. Flux53.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $15

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