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Letters/X, Part 4

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Anthony Roberts transforms actual breakup letters (most delivered via e-mail) into monologues, songs, and sketches in this tart, funny revue by GroundUp Theatre. Addressing our inadequate modes of communication as much as fizzling relationships, the piece--performed by three women and three men, including Roberts--deftly exploits the comic contrast between the letter writers' raw emotion and the written word's cool formality. One woman outlines her dissatisfaction using Roman numerals and bullet points, and another frames her desperate pleas with the most conventional of salutations and closings. Empathetic even as it pokes fun, the show ultimately wins you over because, as the concluding song says, "You know you've been there / And there's some funny shit in there." --Zac Thompson a Through 3/3: Tue-Wed 8 PM, Sat 8 PM, Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, 773-944-0959, 21+. F

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