Letters to the President 

There's a buttload of politically inspired offerings on local stages right now, but Michael Garvey's late-night solo show is something different, neither a hard-hitting satire nor a histrionic gripefest. Instead, in just under an hour, he poignantly raises a question familiar to many Americans since the 2000 election debacle--do we belong in this country anymore?--by reading a series of letters he's sent to Bush over the past few years. Not interested in easy polemics, Garvey is sincerely perplexed--and often witty--in his ruminations. "What is it about American interests abroad that makes us lose interest in the lives of those abroad?" he asks in one letter. No answer arrives from Dubya, but Garvey's show creates a welcoming place for the confused and downhearted citizen. Through 11/7: Fri-Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM. No show Sat 11/6. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland, 773-384-0494. $7.

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