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Rising television writer and producer Craig Wright has mastered the art of keeping an audience from flipping to another channel. But as a playwright he rarely delves deeply into his characters or their motivations. The story, about three middle-aged high school buddies on a hunting trip, is fraught with comic and dramatic possibilities, and Wright juggles various plotlines skillfully. But in true TV fashion he teases more than he enlightens. The political discussion at the center of his post-9/11 play, about how current foreign policy affects ordinary citizens, is lightweight. Still, the narrative is strong, the characters are lively, and B.J. Jones's world-premiere staging, starring Lance Baker, Michael Shannon, and Paul Sparks, is sprightly. --Jack Helbig a Through 2/25: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7 PM, Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300, $38-$54.

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