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Do you remember the hostage crisis in Iran? Could you explain it to somebody who didn't? The teenagers of the Free Street ensemble found that their teachers couldn't when they began searching for the reasons behind the hostility that led to the World Trade Center bombing. So they started looking at Iranian-American relations from 1953 to the present day. The resulting jointly devised script, directed by Robert Karimi, is a compact mosaic of gritty facts and satirical impressions, didactic reports and lyrical images, augmented by videotaped interviews with the hostages and personal accounts by the performers themselves. The focus of this Cliffs Notes look at international politics may waver at times, but at least we leave with a better understanding of the long history of anti-American sentiment in the Middle East. Through 2/19: Fri 7 PM, Sat 2 PM. Free Street, Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk (third floor), 773-772-7248. $5-$10.

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