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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, June 5 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, July 11 and 18 only, 2:30 PM. $14-$17, previews and 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 (whose work can also be seen as part of the Summer Shorts Festival [see separate listing]). Dennis Zacek directs. Victory Gardens Theater, June 11 through July 19. (Previews June 5 through 10, 8 PM.) Performance dates: June 11 (7:30 PM), 12, 13 (8 PM), 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 30; July 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 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. Body Politic Theatre, June 12 through July 18. (Previews June 5 through 11, 7:30 PM) Performance dates: June 12, 13 (7:30 PM), 14 (2:30 PM only), 20, 21 (2:30 PM only), 27, and 28; July 4 (7:30 PM), 5, 7, 8, 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 Sons; Nick Faust directs Takunda, by Charles Smith. Body Politic Theatre, June 18 through July 19. (Previews June 16 and 17, 7:30 PM.) Performance dates: June 18, 19, and 26; July 1, 2, 3, 11 (9 PM only), 14, and 19 (2:30 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. Body Politic Theatre, June 25 through July 19. (Previews June 23 and 24, 7:30 PM.) Performance dates: June 25 and 30; July 1 (2 PM only), 9, 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. Victory Gardens Theater, June 17 through July 18. (Previews June 14 and 16, 8 PM.) Performance dates: June 17 (7:30 PM), 18, 27, and 28; July 2, 3, 7, 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: June 26, 27, and 28; 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 3 through 19. Performance dates: July 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, and 19.

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