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Somebody Foreign 

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Though the subject of American hysteria about the Middle East is timely, this clunky play doesn't make any comprehensible points. The story--which was hastily rewritten in response to legal troubles, as the Reader reported--revolves around Liz Fletcher, a feisty Middle Eastern studies professor who's sure her brother's murder is not connected to her human rights work in Palestine. Playwright Douglas Post mines all the cliches--the media distorts stories! national security agencies lie!--without going deeper than television drama. Though director Terry McCabe aims for briskness, the play remains bogged down by a meandering story. It's not helped by blank-faced John Tomlinson as the narrator and Liz's lawyer. Only Bethanny Alexander as Liz gives this production a sense of reality; she's worth seeing even if the play isn't. Through 3/26: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, City Lit Theater Company, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-293-3682, $25.

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