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Social critic delivers scathing report on state of the nation.

If there's one thing that makes comedian Lewis Black cringe, it's Americans' stupidity. Remember the flawed design of the Minnesota bridge that crumbled into the Mississippi River this summer? "The next day, every state's looking at its bridges. You know what it is? It's incompetence," says Black, who takes the stage tonight for his one-man show at Playhouse Square. "If I had to give an overall description of what has irritated me over the past couple years, it's the level of incompetence."The Maryland native is the country's self-appointed "commentator on everything." From the Iraq war to global terrorism, Black has something to say about it. "The State Department has subcontracted itself in Iraq on a level I didn't even think was imaginable," he says. "I was born and raised around government, and they're doing things that I would have thought, 'You can't do it.' At what point don't we get it?"And don't get him started on the Bush administration and its "anti-big-government" policies. "It's almost as if they set out to prove government doesn't work," says Black. "There's been nothing like this in my lifetime. Not even close." Lewis Black performs at 8 tonight at the State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $45.50 to $55.50. Call 216-771-0217 or visit
Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., 2007

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