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Rhino in Winter

Offered as an adjunct to the annual summer Rhinoceros Theater Festival, this showcase of fringe entertainment features mostly new work by the Curious Theatre Branch, Theater for the Age of Gold, and other ensembles and individuals. "The fest is all about risk taking, form bending, and brain stoking. By definition it will produce disasters as well as triumphs--and few opportunities are more valuable to an artistic community than a safe place to fail," says Reader critic Justin Hayford.

The Rhino in Winter runs through March 15 at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln; for reservations and information, call 773-327-6666. Tickets are $10 or "pay what you can" for theater events, and $5 ("no debate") for music events.

Festival offerings are listed on a week-by-week basis (audiences are advised to call the festival for updates); following is the schedule for March 12 through 15.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

October in the Railroad Earth

The festival's "Thursday Beat Night" features a new "monologue/aria" by Frank Melcori based on the travel writings of Jack Kerouac. 8 PM.

A Field Guide to Midwestern Charms and Curses

This production by Cleveland's Theater Labyrinth, written and performed by Mike Geither under the direction of Raymond Bobgan, examines "the secret life of a disillusioned postal worker." 9 PM.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

A Field Guide to Midwestern Charms and Curses

See listing for Thursday, March 12. 8 PM.

The Strange

The Curious Theatre Branch presents Jenny Magnus and Amy Warren in Magnus's new play about "drunkenness and dreams, mimetics and idea infection, and innocence and experience." The play "epitomizes the kind of intelligent, demanding, mind-overhauling work the Rhino fests are famous for. Still struggling to emerge from the weight of overwriting, this is a play with a problem Magnus seems to have identified already: as the piece progresses, she strips it down to an essence, delivering a sobering punch," says Reader critic Justin Hayford. 10 PM.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

A Field Guide to Midwestern Charms and Curses

See listing for Thursday, March 12. 8 PM.

The Problematic Cartoonist

Jeff Dorchen's new play, presented by Theater for the Age of Gold, concerns a man who becomes obsessed with a cartoon in a magazine while waiting in the office of a doctor who's treating a woman with a grotesque malady. "Dorchen's compositions have always had teeth, but The Problematic Cartoonist has a heart too," says Reader critic Mary Shen Barnidge. 10 PM.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

The Hidden Chronicles and Vernon Tonges and Eric Ziegenhagen

The festival's "Sundays at 7" series features "The Hidden Chronicles," a program of "art songs from the cabaret closet" by Beau O'Reilly and Michael Greenberg. Also featured are folk-bluegrass vocalist Vernon Tonges and experimental-pop singer-songwriter Eric Ziegenhagen. 7 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): The Hidden Chronicles photo by Tamara Staples.

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