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If you like your social justice with a little bit of cream, Tannis Kowalchuk and Leese Walker’s two-woman, vaudeville-esque 10 Brecht Poems is for you. The show could easily be for kids, if it weren’t for its pointed political message, which Kowalchuk and Walker do well to tell through the works of late playwright and social critic Bertolt Brecht using song, dance, and satire. Brecht made his way to the States only after fleeing Germany when Hitler came to power in 1933; unsafe even in exile, he was summoned by the House Un-American Activities Committee for his pinko affiliations in 1947. Just one day after appearing before the HUAC to testify, he moved to Berlin, where he finally caught a break: His communist allegiances made him a hero in East Germany—except for the time he was denied entrance to a ceremony held in his honor on account of his unkempt appearance. 10 Brecht Poems begins at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, with a 4 p.m. matinee Saturday, Sept. 30, at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 387-7638. (Megan Maher)