Though the subject of American hysteria about the Middle East is timely, this clunky play doesn’t make any comprehensible points. The story–which was hastily rewritten in response to legal troubles, as the Reader reported–revolves around Liz Fletcher, a feisty Middle Eastern studies professor who’s sure her brother’s murder is not connected to her human rights work in Palestine. Playwright Douglas Post mines all the cliches–the media distorts stories! national security agencies lie!–without going deeper than television drama. Though director Terry McCabe aims for briskness, the play remains bogged down by a meandering story. It’s not helped by blank-faced John Tomlinson as the narrator and Liz’s lawyer. Only Bethanny Alexander as Liz gives this production a sense of reality; she’s worth seeing even if the play isn’t. Through 3/26: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, City Lit Theater Company, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-293-3682, $25.