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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 14 2012

Canadian playwright Stephen Masicotte's 2007 drama addresses a Western nation's cynical military adventurism in the oil-rich Middle East. But the setting isn't 21st-century America. It's 1920 England, where two young veterans struggle to make sense of the horrors they've experienced while resisting politicians' glorification of the war effort. The characters are real-life figures: poet Robert Graves and T.E. Lawrence—the fabled "Lawrence of Arabia," who helped Arabs revolt against the Ottoman Empire only to leave them occupied by their European allies. Masicotte's script, immersed in historical detail, is admirably literate but sometimes hard to follow. But the Caffeine Theatre's Chicago premiere compensates with inventive multimedia design and first-rate performances by Ian McCabe as the shell-shocked Graces and Brian Grey as the flamboyant, unstable Lawrence. —Albert Williams

Price: $16-$20

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