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click to enlarge Tony St. Clair, Steve Silver, and David Goodloe

Tony St. Clair, Steve Silver, and David Goodloe

Bill Richert

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 2 2017
Price: $28
This Agency Theater Collective world premiere, directed by Michael Menendian and penned by clinical psychologist Paul Pasulka, follows the unraveling world of an Iraqi-American contractor suspected of aiding al-Qaeda. Meant as a modern-day incarnation of the biblical Job, Ayyub (Steve Silver) becomes a victim of fear, paranoia, and blatant racism at the hands of the U.S. military, exposed to disturbing “enhanced interrogation” methods that grow increasingly violent under the supervision of Sergeant Lindsey (Hannah Tarr) and Private Michaels (David Goodloe). As two flawed people following orders, Lindsey and Michaels illustrate the complicated, often disastrous consequences when personal and political grievances collide in a conflict zone. But too enmeshed in biblical quotes and a cliched backstory, Ayyub is a less than fully realized and sympathetic character. —Marissa Oberlander



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