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Expect a slew of Revolutionary War entertainments to crop up in the next few years. Comparisons of the Iraq quagmire to Vietnam, the cold war, World War II, and even that nasty north/south scrape in the 1860s will no longer cut it. With personal liberties under siege, Americans are now fighting for their freedom at home as well as abroad. Or so claim Paul Kampf and Michael Oswalt in their split-personality play, which has one foot in 1775 Massachusetts and the other in a present-day Boston bar during imagined riots after a bogus election. (Costume designer Emily Brungardt ably evokes both periods.) This well-meaning but overlong effort (three hours!) can be didactic and occasionally phony, but under Oswalt's direction a cast of 16 gives it an urgency that almost legitimizes it. Make short plays, not war. Through 12/19: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM. No show Thu 11/25. Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, 773-327-6096. $12-$20; half price Thu-Fri 12/9-12/10, with 2 nonperishable food items.

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