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Theatre Building Chicago hosts its 12th annual showcase of new musicals, offered here in concert readings (with actors at music stands) and staged readings (with the actors moving about while using scripts and scores). The weekend-long festival gives audiences and aspiring writers a chance to discuss the art, craft, and commerce of musical theater as they rub elbows between shows. Stages 2005 runs Fri 8/12 through Sun 8/14 in the north and south theaters of Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. Individual shows are $15; a Stages Pass to all Saturday and Sunday shows costs $85; other are prices listed below. For reservations and more information, call 773-327-5252 or log on to www.theatrebuildingchicago.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

FRIDAY 12

Bringers

Inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg, Paul Libman and Dave Hudson's musical celebrates the repeating cycle of life. a South theater, 7:30 PM. $75 (includes 6 PM reception and postshow dessert); Stages Pass not applicable.

SATURDAY 13

Playboy of the Western World

J.M. Synge's classic Irish comedy, about a country lad celebrated as a folk hero after he kills his abusive father, is adapted for the musical stage by Richard B. Evans and Kate Hancock. a North theater, 9 AM.

The Strange Affair of Dr. Crippen

This musical by David Mallamud and Michael L. Cooper retells the true story of a wife-killing doctor in the idiom of British music hall. a South theater, 9 AM.

Ever After

An attorney sets out to find Mr. Right with the help of her best friend, in this musical by Georgann Joseph and Janet Preus. a North theater, 12:30 PM.

Bringers

See listing for Fri. a South theater, 12:30 PM.

The Frog Prince

This contemporary version of the classic fairy tale is penned by Charles Leipart and Eric Schorr. a North theater, 3 PM.

Summer Shorts--A Double Bill of One Acts

This twin spin consists of The Big Ending, by Peter Shrubshall and Richard Free, and The Big Beginning, by Ross KŠlling and Scott Guy. a South theater, 3:30 PM.

Tevye

Fiddler on the Roof explained how a Russian Jewish milkman and his family were forced from their homeland. This new effort by Jim Eisenman and Tom Adams examines how Tevye and his clan fare in the U.S. a North theater, 7:30 PM.

The Devil and Dexter Webster

This update of the classic story, penned by Alex Wexler and Bill Parsley, tells of a Hollywood hopeful who sells his soul to a movie producer. a South theater, 7:30 PM.

SUNDAY 14

Tevye

See listing for 7:30 PM Sat. a North theater, 9 AM.

The Devil and Dexter Webster

See listing for 7:30 PM Sat. a South theater, 9 AM.

Directors' Forum

John Sparks leads a panel discussion with directors of productions in the festival. a North theater, 11:45 AM. Free. A brunch at 11:15 AM costs $20; reservations required. Stages Pass not applicable.

Playboy of the Western World

See listing for 9 AM Sat. a North theater, 1 PM.

The Strange Affair of Dr. Crippen

See listing for 9 AM Sat. a South theater, 1 PM.

The Frog Prince

See listing for 3 PM Sat. a North theater, 3:45 PM.

Summer Shorts--A Double Bill of One Acts

See listing for 3:30 PM Sat. a South theater, 3:45 PM.

Ever After

See listing for 12:30 PM Sat. a North theater, 6 PM.

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

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