The Court Theatre's patrons will be paying a lot of calls on the Shubert Theatre in Chicago's Loop this spring. The nonprofit's 2001-02 season continues in February with a special arrangement of the national tour of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen. The heady drama about a real-life 1941 meeting between two nuclear physicists will play the Shubert from Feb. 5 to Feb. 17, 2002. The run is considerably shorter than the average stay of a Court Theatre show, but company spokesman Jay Kelly said there will be no problem accommodating all Court subscribers.
Later that spring, Court-goers will be able to purchase discounted tickets for the Chicago stop of the national tour of David Auburn's Proof, also at the Shubert. The play will run March 26-April 7, 2002. The Court has reserved several hundred seats, which are currently being assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Both plays have a special meaning for the Court, which is located on the campus of the University of Chicago. The Court press office noted that "the Manhattan Project achieved the first self-sustaining, controlled, nuclear chain reaction" at U. of C, under the direction of Enrico Fermi and his team of scientists. As for Proof, Auburn is a U. of C. Alumnus. The playwright set the drama on the back porch of a Hyde Park house and made one of its characters, a mathematician, a professor at the university, while another character is one of his students.
The remaining 2001-02 schedule runs as follows: • Copenhagen by Michael Frayn, Feb. 5-17
• Hamlet by Shakespeare, Feb. 14-March 24
• My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, April 18 May 26
The Court is located at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. For more information, call (773) 753-4472.