Set in an unspecified war zone somewhere east of Europe, David Greig's play addresses the uneasy relationship between the world's poor and its only superpower.
An American military pilot has crash-landed in a remote area held by rebels fighting the American-backed government, breaking his leg.
A farmer gives him shelter before notifying what passes for the local authorities. The question is, what should they do with him? The pilot is variously regarded as a shining object of wonder by the farmer's daughter, a business opportunity by a local trader, a political opportunity by the rebel captain and the object of sadistic revenge by his translator.
In other words, the play explores more ambivalent cultural faultlines than are offered by the usual fanatic stereotypes.
This is a world where Daffy Duck is an instantly recognised cultural icon, where the pilot's Ipod with its 4,000 hip-hop and heavy metal tracks is a negotiable commodity. Even the translator, the most committed anti-American, concedes that America is the most perfect society on earth.
And the rebel captain, in a particularly striking performance by David Rintoul, reveals the weariness and disillusion of ideological conflict carried on for too long.
He wistfully recalls his exile in Norway and wonders at one point what made him return. Whether America appreciates such shades of opinion is left in doubt by the play's abrupt conclusion.
But Greig has written an absorbing and at times even witty play about issues that can easily seem either worthy or hackneyed, if not both.
* Running time: Two hours. In rep until July 9.