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Bilal Dardai, whose credits include work with the Neo-Futurists, wrote this surprisingly mirthless mash-up of Greek mythology and heavy-handed political allegory: centuries after Pandora opened her box of evils, Hope--though to some degree effective in the world--still chooses to remain inside. That changes when she's persuaded to ally herself with an Obama-like politician who also happens to be in cahoots with a smooth-talking embodiment of deception. Dardai's intelligence and compassion are clear, but the play is a ponderous, long-winded affair laden with exposition and symbols. New Leaf Theatre's earnest production does little to allay the script's longueurs. --Zac Thompson a Through 5/26: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sat 5/19 and 5/26, 3 and 8 PM, Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-516-3546, $12-$15.

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