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A mild-mannered Arab-American man enters a waking nightmare in Yussef El Guindi's disturbing political drama about the U.S. government's push to curtail the civil rights of terrorism suspects. El Guindi's sympathies clearly lie with the guiltless who've suffered interrogation in the name of a war on terror; admirably, he also tries to show the causes of the government's xenophobia. But his central point--that pretty much anyone can be made to appear guilty if statements are taken out of context--might have been more dramatically compelling if we weren't so thoroughly assured from the start that the hero's innocent. Still, Stuart Carden's sharp production maintains an air of oppressive menace. Through 5/28: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM, no show Sat-Sun 4/15-4/16, Chicago Temple, First United Methodist Church, Pierce Hall, 77 W. Washington, 312-236-6881, $20-$25.

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