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Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq

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In this Griffin Theatre Company production, ten actors bring to life excerpts from letters written by U.S. soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. William Massolia's poignant collage, adapted from multiple sources, has no political agenda; instead it conveys a young warrior's dissolving sense of indestructibility, the role of faith in keeping soldiers honorable and sane, acceptance and almost unfathomable optimism in the face of sacrifice, the grief of families left behind. Director Jennie Cleghorn's minimalist presentation on a bare platform--the ensemble wears fatigues (except Melissa Riemer, representing military mothers in various outfits bearing yellow-ribbon pins), and there's a slide show of war scenes, family photos, and updates on the soldiers' fates--ensures that the letters and their writers remain center stage. --Kim Wilson Buck a Through 2/18: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, no show Fri 1/26, Chicago Cultural Center, studio theater, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77 E. Randolph), 773-742-8497, $15-$20.

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