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By Association The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 26 2017

Shepsu Aakhu's new agitprop political thriller imagines the fallout experienced by the family and friends of an alleged terrorist—a Rogers Park teenager of Middle Eastern descent—after federal investigators and public sentiment turns against them in the immediate aftermath of a Chicago attack. Married to an immigrant from Ethiopia, Aakhu draws on personal experience as a husband and father to inspire a vivid, hyperlocalized, chilling scenario that recalls an unconscionable number of real-life migrant families post-9/11. An overreliance on hotheaded-detective tropes and an exposition-dumping news anchor undercut some of the visceral stakes, but there are some subtle, deeply affecting moments from young actors Kejuan Darby and Abdu Hytrek. —Dan Jakes

Price: $28-$32


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