A new rock opera about the ragtag Kosovo Liberation Army that fought the controlling Serbian forces, the third largest army in Europe at the time, to gain political autonomy, Flag features a trite plot. The youthful frivolity of two ethnic Albanian teenagers (we get a lot of bared abs in Act I) ends when a prank on Serbian soldiers goes predictably wrong. Arian (Jordan Phelps) channels his pain into joining the KLA, while his sister (Amy Steele) falls in love with (gasp!) a Serbian soldier.
Perritt, a legal scholar and former dean of Chicago-Kent with two published books on the conflict, has written a play floundering under the weight of its aspirations and limp wit. Song titles include the overly on-the-nose “Low-life Terrorist Knaves” and “Celebrating Victory Is Premature.”