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 Fridays-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 22 through 24.


The Bad Review

See Critic’s Choice. 8 PM.


The Bad Review Deux

See Critic’s Choice. 8 PM.


Dani K., Paul Tamney, and Theater Oobleck

This evening of three short theater pieces begins with Dani K. in a new untitled work that “asks some big questions about the meaning of life.” It continues with Curious Theatre Branch’s Paul Tamney in Horse of Love, by Bryn Magnus, and concludes with Oobleck’s The Spy Was in Stitches: The Further Adventures of Secret Agent Man, a satire of espionage thrillers written by David Isaacson. 7 PM. $10 “or pay what you can.”

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