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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 13 2014

In 1876, a gang of Irish-American Chicagoans plotted to steal (or "resurrect") Abraham Lincoln’s body on election day. The Den Theatre’s production of Will Dunne’s new two-act based on this improbable but true story combines rich source material with multidimensional characters to make history relatable and relevant. Tony Bozzuto plays the titular roper, a horse thief turned undercover agent for the secret service, who discovers that infiltrating a group of criminals is a harder job than he bargained for. The story raises questions about what sort of legacy we leave behind: for the Roper, it's about being remembered as someone who protected Lincoln instead of as a horse thief. In a city where involvement in politics doesn't always end at death (see the dearly departed who "voted" for Kennedy in 1960), it's a very important concern. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $25

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