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click to enlarge Susaan Jamshidi and Lindsay Stock

Susaan Jamshidi and Lindsay Stock

Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 4 2017
Price: $30-$81, $15 students
Selina Fillinger’s new play, receiving its world premiere production at Northlight, is much subtler than its glib premise might lead you to believe. An ambitious, Harvard-educated Muslim lawyer is forced to face faith and family when she's asked to lead the prosecution against a hijab-wearing white suburban teen (and recent convert) who fell for a terrorist on Twitter and subsequently announced her allegiance to ISIS. Fillinger has a great ear for dialogue and a knack for creating believable, fascinating characters, which director BJ Jones takes full advantage on in his well-cast and tidily paced production. In an ensemble full of fine, experienced performers (among them Ross Lehman, Joe Dempsey, and Timothy Edward Kane) Susaan Jamshidi stands out, ably embodying the many fine nuances Fillinger has built into her protagonist. —Jack Helbig

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