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Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

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It's a sad reflection on our times and on the triumph of terrorism that Frank McGuinness's hostage drama of a dozen years ago seems tame. There's no torture or beheading, just the harrowing fact-based story of three kidnapped prisoners in Beirut trying to keep from going crazy. Their survival saga still hits home, however, in Marianne Savell's revival for Big Leap Productions. She highlights the strategic differences between the representatives of three countries: James Leaming's gentle British professor, Scott Jaeck's gruffly defiant Irishman, and Thomas C. Cox's uncomprehending American. But it's what they share that shatters you: boredom alternating with fear, which they attempt to assuage by romanticizing the past, fantasizing about the future, and denying the present. More important, they all refuse to become worse than their captors. Sometimes there's greater dignity in defeat. Through 2/27: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 5:30 and 9 PM, Sun 2:30 PM. Victory Gardens Theater, second-floor main stage, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000. $15-$35.

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