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The Great Chicago Playwrights Exposition

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Those Lincoln Avenue roommates, the Body Politic and Victory Gardens theaters, have lent their two-level performance complex as well as their energies to the task of bringing off this six-week-long 13-playwright showcase for homegrown talents. Productions include two full-length works, three programs of short plays, and a couple of pieces-in-progress (see below for details). Body Politic/Victory Gardens theaters, through July 19 (2257/61 N. Lincoln, 871-3000). First (Victory Gardens) level schedule: Tuesday-Friday and Sunday, 8 PM; Saturday, 6 and 9:30 PM; matinee Sunday, 3 PM. Second (Body Politic) level schedule: Tuesday-Friday and Sunday, 7:30 PM; Saturday, 5 and 9 PM; matinee Sunday, 2:30 PM. Workshop productions have their own schedule: Friday and Saturday, 8:30 PM; Sunday, 7 PM; matinee Saturday, 2:30 PM. $14-$17; workshop productions, $10.

GARDINIA'S 'N' BLUM Three Taylor Street irregulars come up against "nefarious developers" in this full-length play by Nicholas A. Patricca. Dennis Zacek directs. "Pleasant if not very penetrating. . . . An amazing performance by Bernie Landis" (Reader critic Diana Spinrad). Victory Gardens Theater, through July 19. Performance dates: July 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, and 19.

IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS Valerie Quinney's full-length script about a Yankee nurse down south, battling the 1918 influenza epidemic. James O'Reilly directs. "A cautionary lesson in how to make a fascinating subject dull" (Reader critic Lawrence Bommer). Body Politic Theatre, through July 18. Performance dates: July 12, 16, 17, and 18.

SHORTS #1 Four works. Sandy Shinner directs Rick Cleveland's Centipede, John Logan's John Wayne Movies, and Lonnie Carter's Mothers and Sow; Nick Faust directs Takunda, by Charles Smith. "The clear favorite is the most ambitious work, Takunda" (Reader critic Lawrence Bommer). Body Politic Theatre, through July 19. Performance dates: July 11 (9 PM only), 14, and 19 (2:30 PM only).

SHORTS #2 Four works. Chuck Smith directs David Hernandez's Roof Top Piper, Rich Orloff's The News From St. Petersburg, and Claudia Allen's They Even Got the Rienzi; Joe Sadowski directs Floor Above the Roof, by Daniel Therriault. "Of these four offerings, the better work doesn't try to pass off mere case histories as stories of genuine human interest" (Reader critic Lawrence Bommer). Body Politic Theatre, through July 19. Performance dates: July 10, 11 (5 PM only), 15, and 19 (7:30 PM only).

SHORTS #3 Two works. Susan Osborn-Motts directs William J. Norris's Before I Wake, and Terry McCabe directs Clifton Campbell's The Figure. "[Norris's play] is dominated by long, static soliloquies. . . . Campbell shows off some wonderful talent" (Reader critic Diana Spinrad). Victory Gardens Theater, through July 18. Performance dates: July 12, 14, and 18.

MOONLIGHT DARING US TO GO INSANE A workshop production of E. Eugene Baldwin's play about a distraught father's crazy move. Pauline Brailsford directs. Victory Gardens Theater, June 26 through July 12. Performance dates: July 10, 11, and 12.

THE TETHER DISORDER A workshop production of Clifton Campbell's play about a distraught wife's crazy move. Sandy Shinner directs. Victory Gardens Theater, July 17 through 19. Performance dates: July 17, 18, and 19.

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