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Aaron Freeman's one-man show begins slowly with fresh but not always finely honed material in a stand-up consideration of national and international news. He's sharper in more fully developed observations on the war in Iraq and the Palestinian conflict, which force the audience to consider top political stories from a new, often whimsical angle. Freeman also gains confidence in the latter half of his intermissionless 90-minute monologue; personal riffs on his heritage, cycling, and Italian beef are detailed and rich with visual imagery. A regular contributor to public radio, Freeman doesn't come across as a polished actor, yet his facial and physical gestures do enhance these playful tirades. And seeing him in person lets us appreciate Freeman's frustration with the current political situation and his heartfelt devotion to Chicago. Through 12/30: Thu and Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston, 773-539-7838. $30.

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