Chicago's long-lived annual showcase for homegrown fringe work, Rhinofest
, is heading into its third weekend, and we've been staying on top of the new entries. Reader
critics didn't find any out-of-the-park astonishments in the latest bunch, but they had complimentary things to say about Clove Production's double bill of Jennifer Biddle plays, An Aspect of God and Next and Her Savior
; Mark Chrisler's On Loss
; and Whiskey Rebellion's Tennyson Spade
. Hawkeye Plainview's Samuel Beckett, Andre the Giant, and the Crickets
makes an interesting experience if you've got a good tolerance for chaos. World on Fire
from Totally Adequate Scone is just plain awful, while Bruised Orange's Civil War Dad
is a little more elaborately bad.
Beyond the fringe, there's plenty worth seeing. Our recommended shows include the Collaboraction production of Dark Play or Stories for Boys by Chicagoan Carlos Murillo; The Drawer Boy, in a joint effort from the Filament and Den ensembles; Griffin Theatre's staging of Punk Rock, from hot Brit playwright Simon Stephens; and Annoyance Theatre's comedy A Woman's Path. Court Theatre has a must-see, ironically enough, in Invisible Man, and Reader dance critic Laura Molzahn suggests you try Dance COLEctive's "Built by Fault."
You also can peruse our reviews of Accidental Rapture, Black Pearl Sings!, Clutter, and Love and Money. And check out Justin Hayford's thoughtful, in-depth critique of David Mamet's Race.