After several years of financial difficulties, internal tumult, and near-constant staff turnover, the 25-year-old Body Politic Theater has finally decided to close its doors, leaving the Victory Gardens Theater to take over the building at 2257 N. Lincoln that the two companies have jointly owned for the past 14 years. Victory Gardens, which is currently ensconced on the first floor of the building, expects to close on its purchase of Body Politic’s second-floor space on August 3.
The property Victory Gardens is acquiring includes a 198-seat main-stage theater and the 70-seat studio that Terry McCabe, the last person to hold the title of Body Politic artistic director, carved out of a rehearsal room last winter. Victory Gardens already controls 195-seat and 60-seat theaters on the building’s ground floor.
Victory Gardens had been trying to buy out its upstairs neighbor for several years, ever since the Body Politic’s waning fortunes began