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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 11 2012

In David Mamet's 2008 Oval Office farce, an extraordinarily unpopular president seizes on the annual Thanksgiving turkey-pardoning ritual as a chance to secure his reelection and extort millions from the poultry industry. The gag—stop me if you've heard this one before—is that politicians are corrupt. Except for his trademark cussing, Mamet displays few of the realist attributes he's admired for, relying instead on warmed-over Letterman-esque zingers and a plot that gets stupider by the second. Charlie McGrath's staging for Proud Kate Theatre Project looks slapped together, but at least the pace is brisk and the cast have good comic timing. Jim Poole flies off the handle with aplomb as the bellicose commander in chief. —Zac Thompson

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