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Other festivals run one weekend, maybe two or three; this one, hosted by the Pilsen area's Blue Rider Theatre, runs three months--through December 17, with shows most Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM, as well as children's matinees on selected Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Most evenings feature two or more artists, with intermissions between each act. Aiming to mix theater, performance art, dance, poetry, and music, the fest has scheduled 80 artists in 40 nights, by such groups and individuals as Theater Oobleck, Redmoon Theater, Donna Blue Lachman, Carmela Rago, Jeff Abell, MASS, Bob Eisen, the Chicago Moving Company, and many more. Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted, 733-4668. Tickets: $10 a night except where noted in the listings below; $60 for a festival pass (good for all performances).

The Reader carries festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for September 29 through October 1.


Redmoon Theater

Known for its blend of puppetry, masks, and live performance, this company presents a program of "two short plays and a cantestoria." Frankenstein, inspired by "the lost notebooks of the monster," is a work in progress written by Jim Lasko (who also directs) and Bryn Magnus, with music by Michael Zerang. The Evil Flower, based on the poetry of Baudelaire, is a one-person glove puppet show by Blair Thomas. And The Real Live Tragedy of the Go-Go Girl in Chicago, an adult-oriented piece, is a story presented in song by Claire Dolan. 8 PM.


Redmoon Theater

See listing for Friday. The company performs at 3 and 8 PM; Claire Dolan's The Real Live Tragedy of the Go-Go Girl in Chicago is only presented during the 8 PM performance.


Redmoon Theater

See listing for Friday. 3 PM only; the performance does not include The Real Live Tragedy of the Go-Go Girl in Chicago.

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