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Osama the Hero 

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British playwright Dennis Kelly bluntly examines the contemporary culture of fear and the curtailment of civil rights in response to terrorism. Four vigilante Brits enact justice on a teenager who does a classroom project on bin Laden. Convicting the youth of terrorism without evidence, they halfheartedly interrogate before attacking him brutally. But Kelly tries too hard--his points are overstated even if you agree with them. And Dog & Pony Theatre Company's midwest premiere lacks intensity. In Krissy Vanderwarker's static staging, a slow, vague beginning aims to establish motive before the attack even begins, and the assault itself is underplayed by a cast undone by overlapping dialogue. Finally the play devolves into monologues demonstrating varying degrees of remorse. Through 4/8: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, third-floor studio theater, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $15.

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