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Could you resist eavesdropping on a juicy letter from a mother to her teenage daughter admonishing her to "straighten up and fly straight"? Or an imploring love letter, someone's "things to do" list, or some confidential corporate correspondence? You can hear such things read aloud during David Hauptschein's third annual Letters Show, in which audience members are invited to share their personal correspondence (Hauptschein sets a limit on each person of about five minutes). A hallmark of Hauptschein's shows is a fascination with the mundane: his readers entertain their fellow audience members by unwittingly illuminating the magic hidden within the everyday. Hauptschein calls the work "unintended literature." These odd, idiosyncratic events are a cross between a town hall meeting, a family dinner, confession, and a gossipfest with close friends. N.A.M.E., 1255 S. Wabash (fourth floor), 554-0671. Saturday, January 28, 8 PM. $5.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Bill Stamets.

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