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Victory Gardens Goes Green

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 28, 2006 9:18PM

Victory Gardens Theater is shedding its identity crisis. Up until now, it was entirely possible to see show after show by the Lincoln Avenue hub’s resident companies without ever discovering a VG original. That’s too bad, since they’ve been breaking Chicago playwrights like Charles Smith and James Sherman for over 30 years. They also cast that guy from CSI years before he was popular and that guy from The Cosby Show years after he sported that Gordon Gartrelle knockoff.

grnhseresidents.jpgAs Victory Gardens mainstage productions relocate to the Biograph Theater for 2006-2007 and beyond, the building is being reborn as Victory Gardens Theater Greenhouse. Now dedicated to housing resident work and nurturing new talent, the building’s front is being repainted and new banners are being put up to reinforce the brand. Better hope the neighbors like green.

VG is holding an Open House at the Greenhouse Tuesday night, reintroducing the space and featuring performance excerpts from Remy Bumppo, Shattered Globe, Eclipse Theatre, MPAACT and About Face in the Greenhouse spaces on the half-hour. If you’re early enough, you can take home a little green plant.

The Greenhouse Open House is at 2257 N Lincoln Ave Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 773-549-5788.

Victory Gardens at the Biograph Theater’s Open House is at 2433 N Lincoln Ave September 9-10 from noon – 5 p.m. each day. More info at

Image via Victory Gardens