Some monologists either show or tell. They either act out their stories as they tell them, a la Carmella Rago, who uses the full arsenal of sets, costumes, and props to supplement her tales, or they follow the example of David Cale, who speaks directly to the audience, depending solely on the power of his words to carry the narrative along. Theater Oobleck members Wylie Goodman and Terri Kapsalis use both methods. When Goodman premiered her piece Narrenschiff at the Bucktown Rhinoceros Theatre Festival earlier this year, she began her reminiscence about working in a psych ward by lying in a gurney in a white bathrobe as if she were dead. Gradually she rose from the bed as if coming to life and began her story, already having estbalished in a single image her conflicted feelings identifying with her patients' feelings but having to remain distant from them. In The Birds and the Bees (Without the Bees), which also premiered at the Rhino Fest, Kapsalis ended her eccentric retelling of Leda and the Swan with a cooking lesson in which she stuffed a turkey, exacting a symbolic revenge for the swan's rape of Leda. They'll perform those two solo pieces and a duet, Girls Who Didn't Like Horses: A Psychosexual Musical Comedy, as part of the Nights of the Blue Rider Festival (see complete schedule this section). (There'll be repeat shows November 8 and 9 at Theater oobleck.) Blue Rider Theatre, October 25 (1822 S. Halsted, 733-4668). Friday, 9:15 PM. $4, "more if you've got it, free if you're broke."
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Laura Blanchard.