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The (W)hole Thing 

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It's hard to imagine a messier or more eccentric take on 9/11 and the Bush administration's various wars on terror than John Green's political farce, in which three women set out to achieve world peace by "taking the balls" from a trio of testosterone-poisoned world leaders. Set in an alternate universe remarkably like our own, the story provides plenty of opportunities to poke fun at dim-witted, self-serving warmongers, all of whom use organized religion to rationalize murder. ("Maim! Kill! God is love!" goes one war cry.) For all his inventiveness, however, Green never finds a consistent comic tone: parts of the play are sly and satirical while others are broad and Three Stooges-like. Chad Eric Bergman's loud, busy, low-budget production accentuates the vulgar in this sometimes brilliant send-up. Through 11/6: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Tue 11/2, 7 PM. Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield, 773-883-8830. $18-$22; industry night Thu 10/7.

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