The 50-odd performing groups in the eight-week "festival of Chicago's international arts" include a dozen theater companies; those performing October 24 through 31 are described below. These listings refer to theater and performance art offerings only; on nights when only one theater company is listed here, be assured at least one other program of music, dance, or poetry is also planned, with discount prices available to viewers buying a ticket to all performances on a single night. (A pass to the whole festival costs $40.) All events (which are subject to change) take place at the Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted; for more information, call 733-4668.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
SOCK MONKEYS This group that blends movement, sound, and poetry performs pieces from its repertoire (including Gas Works Wall, Chilly Gentilly, and Fish Tales), along with revised work (Guava Fives) and a brand-new piece, The King Is Dead. 8 PM. $6; $10 for admission to this and the performance by Bob Eisen Dance at 9:15 PM.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
SOCK MONKEYS See listing under Thursday, October 24. 8 PM. $6; $ 10 for admission to this and the performance by Theater Oobleck later this evening.
THEATER OOBLECK See Critic's Choice. 9:15 PM. As usual with Theater Oobleck shows, admission is $4, "more if you've got it, free if you're broke"; $10 for admission to this and the performance by Sock Monkeys earlier this evening.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
ABIOGENESIS MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE This group, which fuses dance and drama influences into a distinctive style of movement theater, performs its environmental-awareness piece Wasted: A Brief History of Garbage in a matinee intended to reach young audiences. Viewers are urged to "BYOG"--bring your own garbage to be incorporated into the show. 2 PM. $6.
SOCK MONKEYS See description under Thursday, October 24. 8 PM. $6; $10 for admission to this and the Redmoon Theater performance later this evening.
REDMOON THEATER This company directed by Blair Thomas amplifies the efforts of its human actors with elements of mask art and puppetry; its new work Dumb Show, a Real Live Fable is an allegory about the human condition in which four characters make their way through life under the guidance of an amoral angel. Music is provided by Las Toallitas, the Latin jazz-rock band heard recently at Club Lower Links' Cide Show series. 9:15 PM. $6; $10 for admission this and the Sock Monkeys performance that precedes it.
CARMELA RAG0 The performance artist, who rarely works in public these days, offers The Real World, and Other Stories, described as "a series of vignettes and monologues that deal with the precepts of corporate life, weight loss, beauty, art, religion, and sex." 11 PM. $6.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
REDMOON THEATER See description under Saturday, October 26. 8:45 PM. $6; $10 for this show and the musical concert of selections from local theatrical productions (Fuente Ovejuna, An Enemy of the People, and American Enterprise) that precedes it at 7:30 PM.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
KAJA OVERSTREET Among the several pieces in this performance artist's program is the premiere of Judy, Judy...Oh Judy, which employs life-size puppets and classic "Punch and Judy" dialogue to study "the idealization of violence against women." 8 PM. $6; $10 for this and the performance by Stephen Lapthisophon later this evening.
STEPHEN LAPTHISOPHON The experimental theater artist directs his play The Black Paintings, which explores "the dark side of some of the simplest details of everyday life"; the cast includes Dan Ursini and Charles Parnell. 9:15 PM. $6; $10 for this show and the Kaja Overstreet performance that precedes it.