The fall drama season kicks off early with Burbage Theatre Company’s cautionary, crowd pleasing take on Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo. A one act, decade-hopping biography of the seventeenth century astronomer, the play demonstrates what happens when scientific breakthroughs are thwarted by reactionary political leaders. (Ahem.) The most frightening scene comes when a bunch of scholars in big, floppy tams insist on discussing the newly invented telescope rather than looking through it themselves. Brecht wrote the play in exile just before the outbreak of World War II, and director Vince Petronio stages it so that the audience is basically on top of the action. The lighting is good—you really see the actors’ spit flying. Richard Noble certainly looks the part of the mad scientist, all eyebrows and despair, though the role is challenging and it takes him a while to warm up to it.