The Rhino in Winter

Offered as an adjunct to the annual summer Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, this monthlong showcase of fringe performance features work by the likes of locals Jenny Magnus, Beau O’Reilly, Frank Melcori, David Isaacson, Scott Turner, and James Schneider. The fest runs through March 2 at the Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe, 2827 N. Lincoln, 327-6666. Shows take place almost every night and there are matinees most weekends, as indicated in the listings below (which are subject to change; audiences are advised to call the festival for updates). Tickets are $7 per show (except where noted in individual listings) or $10 for two shows.

The Reader lists festival offerings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for February 22 through 29.


Starrs at Lunar

Veteran poet John Starrs welcomes the Neo-Futurists’, David Kodeski to this installment of his spoken-word series. 7 PM.

I’m Afraid to Quit My Job

Monologuist Frank Melcori offers what he hopes is “a modern ‘De Profundis'” about a man who “attempts to describe both his self-loathing and his fear at his inability to quit a job he dislikes as well as the uncertain future he does face if he quits it.” 9 PM.


The Julieannes

“Boyfriends are dissected and digested” when two women with the same name meet, in the Curious Theatre Branch’s production of Bryn Magnus’s new play. The play “opens with all the dazzling linguistic turns and imaginative’ leaps that have solidified Magnus’s reputation among the off-off-off-off-Loop crowd, [but] fizzles into an oddly dispassionate jumble,” says Reader critic Justin Hayford. 8 PM.

I’m Afraid to Quit My Job

See listing for Thursday, February 22 10 PM.


The Snow Queen

A cast of kids and grownups perform Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, featuring an original score by folk composer Michael Smith. 2 PM.

The Third Degrees of J.0. Breeze

See Critic’s Choice. 8 PM.

Different Pieces of Furniture

The German quartet Klangbuhne Guricht offers a three-part program of absurdist music theater. 10:30 PM.


Different Pieces of Furniture

See listing for Saturday, February 24. PM.


The Third Degrees of J.0. Breeze

See Critic’s Choice. 8 PM.


The Spy Was in Stitches: The Further Adventures of Secret Agent Man

Theater Oobleck presents David Isaacson’s new parody of post-Cold War capitalist competition, the sequel to his 1991 The Spy Threw His Voice: A

Plagiarism in Two Acts.

The play “wraps up American international counterinsurgency CIA-backed third-world terrorism, the GATT treaty, global capitalism, U.S. interventionism, trilateralism, and even deconstructionism in a playfully paranoid polemic…. {The} breakneck production . . . alternates between sublime satirical subversion and impenetrable ideological mud slide,” says Reader critic Justin Hayford. 8 PM. $7; “more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke.”


The Trips: A Madras Parable

Jenny Magnus’s performance piece–the third in a series of mysteriously titled “Madras Parables,” each performed with longtime artistic and romantic collaborator Beau O’Reilly–“actually represents two journeys at once. In one Magnus and O’Reilly take a long, aimless road trip together and drive each other crazy. In the other they travel through their scripts, sorting through what they’ve projected on each other and what they expect, wondering if two people so intimately intertwined can ever really know each other. Ingeniously, the performers maintain both realities with equal fervency and hilarity. . . . The result is a playful yet exquisitely formal hallucination … performed by the subtlest, hippest comedy team in town,” says Reader critic Justin Hayford. 8 PM.


Starrs at Lunar

Veteran poet John Starrs’s weekly series of spoken-word performances continues with guest artist David Hernandez. 7 PM.