The 60-some one-acts (three per night) in Bailiwick Repertory’s Directors Festival 1992, produced by Cecilie Keenan, range from plays and musicals to performance art and monologues; some are well-established classic and contemporary selections, while others are brand-new pieces. They’re mounted by a slew of directors, most of them little known, who are looking for an avenue to showcase their work and get their names out to the public. See? It’s working already. The final week’s “Best of the Fest” event reprises a handful of shows deemed to be the worthiest of repetition. Each night’s admission price is good for any or all shows that evening; listed starting time is for the whole night’s program, so call the theater if you ‘re just interested in seeing a particular show. Bailiwick Repertory, through April 26 (Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont, 327-5252). Through April 16: Sundays, 7 PM; Mondays-Wednesdays, 7:30 PM; Thursday April 16, 7:30 PM. April 23 through 26: Thursday-Saturday 7:30 PM; Sunday, 3:30 PM. $6 for any or all one-acts per evening through April 16; $10 for “Best of the Fest” shows April 23 through 26.


THE LEMON EATERS Patrick Cribbern’s absurdist comedy about “the provocative power of the creative muse” is presented in its world premiere under Andrea Urice’s direction.

MISS MANNERS’ GUIDE TO EXCRUCIATINGLY CORRECT BEHAVIOR Wayne Mell directs a chamber theater adaptation of Judith Martin’s satiric “Miss Manners” advice columns.

HAPPYLAND Gordon Hoffman’s new play, directed by Patrick New, concerns a group of people affected by a fire that destroys a social club.


HAIKU The alienation and reconciliation of a mother and her two daughters is depicted in Katherine Snodgrass’s drama, directed by Karen Gorrin.

THE CASE OF THE CRUSHED PETUNIAS Neil Wilson directs Tennessee Williams’s fantasy about a woman given the chance to celebrate the miracle of life.

A WAY OUT When a robber forces a woman to choose between her money or her life, she chooses to give up her life. This play by Gabriel Paul is directed in its world premiere by Cynthia Wasseen.


SEE THE PRETTY LIGHTS Roger Smart directs the world premiere of Alan Plater’s play about a man and a woman in northern England.

THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR Joe Orton’s black comedy is directed by L. Walter Steams and Bill Mann.

ATTACK OF THE MORAL FUZZIES A stressed-out game show contestant tries to win her way to Nirvana, in Nancy Beverly’s play. Jeff Casazza directs.


PRICK OF HAPPINESS Genevieve Cibor’s play about a turbulent male-female relationship is directed in its world premiere by Kimberly Georgian.

SPRINGTIME Hannah Gale directs a play by Maria Irene Fornes.

IF THIS IS LITTLE ITALY, IMAGINE WHAT THE BIG ONE’S LIKE Bill Blanks study of wannabe wiseguys, is directed by Julie Cohen.


FRIENDLY SKIES A late-night chat at O’Hare Airport between a young businessman and a Chicago cop reveals their previous encounter at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, in this play by John Lorden. Jim Vincent directs.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT David Wesley Graham’s comedy concerns the premiere of a controversial art work. The play’s world premiere is directed by Ray Scott Crawford.

FENSTER ROAD Ellen Puff directs the world premiere of Gannon Kenney’s drama about a woman whose memories are stirred by a random act of violence.