This "revolutionary farce" is about bad guys chasing a playwright through the streets and occasionally kicking him in the gut. The setting is moody, prerevolutionary Paris, which is being paid a diplomatic visit by a paunchy, midrevolutionary Ben Franklin. From time to time, a troupe of satirical players ascends a little stage to recite rhyming couplets that—in the spirit of the libelles that fed the French Revolution—skewer the characters with their own vices. It's vicious fun. (Macha Monkey at Freehold's East Hall Theatre, 1525 10th Ave, 8 pm, $12–$15.)

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