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Around the Coyote

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Taking its name from the Tower Building at the intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee--commonly called the Coyote Building because it once housed the Coyote Gallery--this multimedia arts event includes a sizable theater and performance component (coordinated by Wm. Bullion, director of Sliced Bread Productions, with Stephanie Beu) that lays claim to being Chicago's only entirely free theatrical festival. Running September 9 through 12, Around the Coyote features plays and performance pieces by 22 different companies, teams, and soloists (most but not all human) at four different venues: the Eclipse Theatre Company, 2074 N. Leavitt; Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, second floor, 1632 N. Milwaukee; Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North; and Chicago Filmmakers (in its new space in the Chopin Theatre building), 1543 W. Division. Admission to all shows is free; for more information, or to confirm the schedule below (which is subject to last-minute changes and mishaps), call the Coyote hotline at 342-6777 or check at one of the several information booths scattered around the four-square-mile festival walk.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Halfway Content

The Eclipse Theatre Company's program of one-acts includes All Lines Down, by Robert Mohler; A Long Walk to Forever, by Jeff Lazarus; and Out the Window, by Neal Bell. Eclipse Theatre, 7 PM.

Two Days of Living Hell

With Sally Jessy Raphael

In 1988, Chicago performers Tani Freiwald, Brigid Murphy, and Wes Bailey appeared on Geraldo Rivera's and Sally Jessy Raphael's TV talk shows to impersonate sexual surrogates, sex-hating housewives, male virgins, and the like. Now Sliced Bread Productions offers its ensemble-developed account of the hoax under Bailey's direction; this free preview anticipates the show's opening on September 17. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 8 PM.

Romans 6:23

The Transient Theatre revives its spring production of Thomas J. Wawzenek's play--written entirely as monologues for its various characters--about a group of fundamentalist Christians. Reader critic Maura Troester calls the play a "thoughtful, entertaining . . . analysis of religious zealotry." Chicago Filmmakers, 8 PM.

Hard Times

The Public Trust Theatre Co. makes its debut with Stephen Jeffreys's adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel protesting the dehumanizing effects of the industrial revolution. Festival performances include only the first part of the show, which opens in full September 16. Urbus Orbis, 8 PM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Haves and Whole Knots

Truffuta Seed Productions is a new company with a new show about "cross dressing pregnant murderers." Urbus Orbis, 7 PM.

Lysistrata

Chapel Perilous remounts its spring staging of Aristophanes' bawdy comedy about women who stage a sexual strike in the cause of peace. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 8 PM.

21A and Jibber Jabber

Two solo performance pieces. The first is Act Now Productions' presentation of a work by Minneapolis monologuist Kevin Kling; the second is "a short sampling of a developing original piece" performed by Dana Block under David Schein's direction. Urbus Orbis, 8 PM.

The Adventures of

Captain Neato-Man

The Respiration Theatre Company presents Timothy Scott Harris's comedy about "the world's newest superhero." Chicago Filmmakers, 8 PM.

Compared to What

and In the Wilderness

The Organic Theater Company offers two new works. The first, written by Kate McClanaghan and directed by Sandy Morris, concerns a confrontation between two women in a prison. The second is a one-person show, written and performed by Lindsay Porter under Meghan Strell's direction, about a woman's search for adventure. Eclipse Theatre, 9 PM.

The New Criminals

New Crime Productions, which specializes in a high-energy, contemporary version of the commedia dell'arte style, presents a brand-new piece. Chicago Filmmakers, 10 PM.

Upright Citizens Brigade

The improv troupe presents a sketch revue of current work flaunting its antiauthority attitude. Eclipse Theatre, 10 PM.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

The Yellow Wallpaper

Steele Prod. uses stylized movement, masks, and puppetry to interpret turn-of-the-century feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman's drama about an artistic woman whose doctors prescribe absolute rest for her self-expressive inclinations. Chicago Filmmakers, 12:30 PM.

Playback Theatre

This company invites audience members to share stories or moments from their lives, then seeks to "re-create these events, the feelings behind them, and a deeper meaning for the teller, the audience, and the performers." Chicago Filmmakers, 2 PM.

21A and Jibber Jabber

See Friday listing. Urbus Orbis, 2 PM.

Lysistrata

See Friday listing. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 2 PM.

The Event

Mosquito Poets' improvised performance "observes the world through comedy, drama, song, nostalgia, inanimate object, and relationship," says a publicity description. Eclipse Theatre, 3 PM.

Silence of the Frogs

This "nonrevue of unimprovisation" by the Level 6 comedy troupe (whose name alludes to the fact that the Second City Training Center only has five levels of study) dissects such subjects as psychological sabotage in relationships and ecological pollution. But it tends to suffer from "cliched dialogue, nondescript characters, and half-realized situation[s]. . . . The choppy structure and uneven quality of material give the revue a sluggish pace that is often hard to follow," says Reader critic Tim Sheridan. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4 PM.

Hard Times

See Thursday listing. Urbus Orbis, 4 PM.

The Interview and

A Poster of the Cosmos

Id/Ego Productions' presentation of a "Twilight Zone-ish one-act," adapted by G. Riley Mills from a story by Gregory Martin, is paired with Parabasis Theatre's staging of Lanford Wilson's study of a police interrogation. Eclipse Theatre, 5 PM.

Romans 6:23

See Thursday listing. Chicago Filmmakers, 5 PM.

Hibbity Ibbity Ibbity Gits

(Ton Ton Ton)

The optimistically named Famous in the Future comedy troupe performs a revue of sketches and music. Urbus Orbis, 7 PM.

Upright Citizens Brigade

See Friday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 7 PM.

The Adventures of

Captain Neato-Man

See Friday listing. Chicago Filmmakers, 8 PM.

Two Days of Living Hell

With Sally Jessy Raphael

See Thursday listing. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 8 PM.

Thang

The Bluestocking Theatre Company, dedicated to showcasing women's talents, performs a cabaret-style revue. Urbus Orbis, 8:30 PM.

Halfway Content

See Thursday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 9 PM.

The Yellow Wallpaper

See listing for 12:30 PM today. Chicago Filmmakers, 10 PM.

Compared to What

and In the Wilderness

See Friday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 10 PM.

Around the Coyote Cast Party

The public is invited to join this post-show revel. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 10 PM (follows performance of Two Days of Living Hell With Sally Jessy Raphael).

Haves and Whole Knots

See Friday listing. Urbus Orbis, 10:30 PM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

The Yellow Wallpaper

See Saturday listing. Chicago Filmmakers, 12:30 PM.

Halfway Content

See Thursday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 2 PM.

Two Days of Living Hell

With Sally Jessy Raphael

See Thursday listing. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 2 PM.

Hard Times

See Thursday listing. Urbus Orbis, 2 PM.

The Interview and

A Poster of the Cosmos

See Saturday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 3 PM.

Upright Citizens Brigade

See Friday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 4 PM.

Bag of Tricks

Performance artist Meredith Neuman offers two pieces, Sparky and Denial. Also on the program: performance artist Sandra Leonard with a new group piece. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4 PM.

Compared to What

and In the Wilderness

See Friday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 6 PM.

The Adventures of Captain Neato-Man

See Friday listing. Chicago Filmmakers, 6 PM.

Bag of Tricks

See listing for 4 PM today. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 7 PM.

The Interview and

A Poster of the Cosmos

See Saturday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 7 PM.

21A and Jibber Jabber

See Friday listing. Urbus Orbis, 7 PM.

Lysistrata

See Friday listing. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 8 PM.

The New Criminals

See Friday listing. Chicago Filmmakers, 8 PM.

The Event

See Saturday listing. Eclipse Theatre, 9 PM.

Hibbity Ibbity Ibbity Gits (Ton Ton Ton)

See Saturday listing. Urbus Orbis, 9 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Gary Moeller.

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