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One more year like this, and we'll have an institution on our hands. This second annual showcase of avant-garde theater in Chicago (with a taste of Wisconsin for good measure) is coordinated by Scott Turner, Valerie Turner, Jim Krulish, and John Oartel--with a bow to Salvador Dali, whose use of the term "rhinocerontic" (it means real big) inspired the event's name. It runs August 23 through 31 and features 22 different productions at four different locations: Latino Chicago Theater Company (the Firehouse, 1625 N. Damen); the Curious Theatre Branch (1900 W. North); Theatre of the Reconstruction (the Garage, 1843 W. North); and the Holstein Park field house (2200 N. Oakley). The field house is the site of four free performances presented as part of the Bucktown Arts Fest; performances at the other three venues are priced at $7 each (except in special cases as noted), $25 for 4 tickets, $36 for 6 tickets, or $50 for 10 tickets. The telephone number for all events is 235-1944. The schedule for August 23 through 29 follows.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

DUTCHMAN Amiri Baraka's groundbreaking study of an encounter between a black man and a white woman on a New York City subway slashed at stereotypes of gender and class roles when its author unveiled it in 1964 (back when he was called LeRoi Jones). Juan Ramirez produces and directs this revival. (Latino Chicago, 8 PM)

BETWEEN THE CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING PIECE AND THE PHONE SEX The Chicago Cabaret Ensemble, which seeks to fuse avant-garde musical and theatrical styles, performs an original piece with text by Warren Leming, about "a world of commodified pleasure [in which] Music is the secret police." (Latino Chicago, 10 PM)

EVIL TRIGGERS DOWN AMATEUR STREET See description in regular theater listings. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM)

RISKY QUESTIONS Madison, Wisconsin's Puzzling Evidence troupe utilizes instrumental and vocal music and video to "explore the flimsy artifice of McMass culture, and ponder if we're still looking for Buddha in all the wrong places." (Curious Theatre Branch, 10 PM)

PERSONALITY Talisman Theatre presents Gina Wedkos and Ellen Ratner's one-woman play about a young woman dealing with identity and relationships. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

GAMES TO PLAY AT CHURCH This show exploring "serene and violent passions of the mind" is performed by Steele Productions, which integrates puppet and human actors. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 10 PM)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

PERSONALITY See listing from Friday, August 23. (Holstein Park, 1 PM)

KINGS-X TYRANNOSAURUS REX CONSTANTINOPLE Jenny Magnus calls her performance piece "an exploration of depths"--of emotion, intellect, pain, passion, etc. (Holstein Park, 3:30 PM)

THE UNCENSORED STORIES Donna Blue Lachman's performance piece draws on her experiences traveling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Haiti, and Mexico; reviewing the shows production last year, Reader critic Tom Valeo called Lachman "a masterful storyteller who conjures vivid scenes." (Latino Chicago, 8 PM)

GLORY HOLE Ernest Hemingway and Jim Morrison, literally dead drunk, trade rants and raves from the afterlife in this production by PUS (Performers Under Stress). (Latino Chicago, 10 PM)

REMORSE, MMDA, ROUX, and MALLET Theater Oobleck presents new works written respectively by Angela Woodward and Lisa Black, Wylie Goodman, Terri Kapsalis, and Ted de Moniak. Special admission price: $4, "free if you're broke"; festival passes are accepted. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM)

RISKY QUESTIONS See listing from Friday, August 23. (Curious Theatre Branch, 10 PM)

THE DEMISE OF THE EGOIST--JOHANN FATZER Prop Theatre performs a staged reading of Heiner Muller's redaction of an unpublished Bertolt Brecht play. The theme is World War I deserters; the director is Scott Vehill. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

LINE Israel Horovitz's play about a group of people competing for first place in a queue is presented by the Synergy Theatre Company. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 10 PM)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN The musical according to Peanuts: Theatre of the Reconstruction's staging of Clark Gesner's stage version of Charles M. Schulz's comic strip was called a "raffish, energetic, very funny production" by Reader critic Albert Williams when it ran earlier this summer. (Holstein Park, 1 PM)

BETWEEN THE CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING PIECE AND THE PHONE SEX See listing from Friday, August 23. (Holstein Park, 3:30 PM; then at Latino Chicago, 8 PM)

THUNDER IN THE INDEX Phillip Hayes Dean's play about a young black man in a white-run psychiatric institution is performed as the debut production of the Gary Art Ensemble Chicago, an outgrowth of an Indiana experimental theater. (Latino Chicago, 10 PM)

LINE See listing from Saturday, August 24. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM)

MORE BROTHERS BEHIND BARS THAN BOOKS... Brothers in Verse fuse poetry and music in a theatrical ritual whose aim is "redefining the castrated masculinity of the Blackman." (Curious Theatre Branch, 10 PM)

GLORY HOLE See listing from Saturday, August 24. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

THE DEMISE OF THE EGOIST--JOHANN FATZER See listing from Saturday, August 24. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 10 PM)

MONDAY, AUGUST 26

WOMEN WRITERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE THEATRE Scott Turner moderates a panel discussion exploring women's experiences in Chicago theater, scheduled panelists include Tina Steele, Jenny Magnus, Sarah Tucker, Karen Goodman, and P.K. Doyle. A presentation will also be made by Thomas Tresser of Greater Chicago Citizens for the Arts. Admission to this event is free. (Synergy Center, 1753 N. Damen, 8 PM)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27

DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE PRESENTS: THE CASE OF DENVER PYLES AND THE UNEATEN FLOUNDER and 160,000,000 MILES FROM THE SIXTH RISING OF THE CRUEL AND UNUSUAL MOON The Collection burlesques Dragnet and Star Trek in these two plays by Paul Peditto. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM,)

PERSONALITY See listing from Friday, August 23. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

ORGASMO ADULTO ESCAPES FROM THE ZOO Sarah Tucker directs Dario Fo and Franca Rame's satire of women and their sexual situation. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 10 PM)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

SALLY IN A DARK PLACE A young woman goes to California to make it in movies, only to get wrapped up in the porn industry. Dan Sutherland's play is presented by Eagle Mountain Productions. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM)

RICHARD NIXON--THE FUTURE IS NOW America's favorite unindicted coconspirator kicks around old memories with a lounge pianist, in this performance piece by Frank Melcori and Jimi Jihad. (Curious Theatre Branch, 10 PM)

THE RAZOR'S EDGE W. Somerset Maugham's story of a wealthy young man's search for experience and spiritual growth is adapted for the stage by Peggy Dunne. This is a preview of Theatre of the Reconstructions opening production of the 1991-92 season. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29

SALLY IN A DARK PLACE See listing from Wednesday, August 28. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM)

RICHARD NIXON--THE FUTURE IS NOW See listing from Wednesday, August 28. (Curious Theatre Branch, 10 PM)

MORE BROTHERS BEHIND BARS THAN BOOKS... See listing from Sunday, August 25. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

THUNDER IN THE INDEX See listing from Sunday, August 25. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 10 PM)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Tom Hruby.

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