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A struggling young journalist, desperate to prove he's more than the son of a Pulitzer-winning photographer and renowned concert pianist, scores an interview with an infamous international terrorist who may have been responsible for his mother's death. If playwright Bradley Rand Smith had shown adequate insight into psychology and world politics, this volatile material might have been dramatic and resonant. Instead he nibbles around the edges of his story and jumps back and forth in time so erratically that suspense can't build. For this world premiere, director Danny Fresh's blocking is stiff, but his cast wisely underplay their scenes, creating bursts of compelling theater against all odds. --Justin Hayford a Through 6/30: Thu-Sat 8 PM, EP Theater, 1820 S. Halsted, 312-850-4299, $15.

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