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Running September 5-7, the 14th edition of this annual fall arts festival in Chicago's Wicker Park/Bucktown area showcases the work of emerging artists in all media--including the theatrical productions shown in the following listings. Plays are presented in the main stage and studio spaces of the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. (For information on poetry, visual art, film, dance, and musical attractions, see listings elsewhere in this issue.) Admission to theater performances is $5 per day; a weekend theater pass (available only on Friday) costs $10. For more information, call 773-342-6777 or visit the festival Web site at www.aroundthecoyote.org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Bits & Scraps

The Disposable Theater delves into the work of Samuel Beckett and "the never-ending cycle of torment humans inflict on one another." The show is performed outdoors near the Chopin Theatre; audiences can get directions from the Chopin box office. 7 PM.

Phantom Bride

The Quest Theatre Ensemble employs puppets in its version of this Chinese love story. 7 PM.

My Donkey Lady

The Steep Theatre Company's one-act is described as a "Texan cosmic love story." 8 PM.

Cirque du Sweat

See Critic's Choice. 9 PM.

Tastes Like Chicken

Jonathan Pereira performs his monologue on racial identity. "[Pereira is] working toward a quasi-hallucinatory structure in which each segment morphs out of the previous one. [But] it's difficult to say where Pereira is headed with this material. He flirts with issues of racial identity, but his final thoughts on the irrationality of prejudice feel more random than conclusive. Still he's a mesmerizing performer with a gift for physical comedy and the courage to structure a monologue in a highly unconventional manner," said Reader critic Justin Hayford when the show played as part of last year's Fillet of Solo Festival. 11 PM.

Unplugged

See Critic's Choice. Midnight.

The Mayor's Mouth

"You can't fight City Hall--but can you invite it to dinner?" asks the I-80 Drama Company in this serial theater piece examining the eating habits of Chicago's chief executives. Featured tonight: Mike Bilandic and Jane Byrne. 1 AM.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Phantom Bride

See listing for 7 PM Friday. 6 PM.

Bits & Scraps

See listing for 7 PM Friday. 7 PM.

The Mayor's Mouth

See listing for 1 AM Friday. Featured tonight: Harold Washington and David Orr. 7 PM.

Cirque du Sweat

See Critic's Choice. 8 PM.

My Donkey Lady

See listing for 8 PM Friday. 10 PM.

Unplugged

See Critic's Choice. 11 PM.

Tastes Like Chicken

See listing for 11 PM Friday. Midnight.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Phantom Bride

See listing for 7 PM Friday. 5 PM.

Tastes Like Chicken

See listing for 11 PM Friday. 6 PM.

Bits & Scraps

See listing for 7 PM Friday. 7 PM.

Cirque du Sweat

See Critic's Choice. 7 PM.

The Mayor's Mouth

See listing for 1 AM Friday. Featured tonight: Eugene Sawyer and Richard M. Daley. 9 PM.

Unplugged

See Critic's Choice. 10 PM.

My Donkey Lady

See listing for 8 PM Friday. 11 PM.

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