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This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago’s fringe began as part of the Bucktown Arts Fest; now it’s hosted by the Curious Theatre Branch. Taking its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big), the Rhino Fest celebrates its tenth anniversary with shows by such local notables as Theater for the Age of Gold, Lucky Pierre, Plasticene, Cin Salach and Ten Tongues, Antonio Sacre, the Penlight Theater, and members of the Neo-Futurists and Theater Oobleck, as well as the Curious cabal. Also taking part is the Theater im Quadrat from Halle, Germany.

The Rhinoceros Theater Festival runs August 27 through October 2 at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln, 773-327-6666; consult the listings below for specific shows and times. Events are $10 or “pay what you can.” Following is the schedule for August 27 through September 2, based on information available Monday.


The Problematic Cartoonist

See Critic’s Choice. 8 PM.

The Lucky Ones

Jenny Magnus’s new play, presented by the Curious Theatre Branch under Hallie Gordon’s direction, concerns “the end of things, and what we get when we get there.” The cast includes Magnus, Beau O’Reilly, and Paul Leisen. 10 PM.


The Lucky Ones

See listing for 10 PM Friday. 8 PM.

Facts and Figures

The Penlight Theater presents writer-director Eric Ziegenhagen’s new effort, a two-person drama about telephone conversations between a traveling management consultant and her boyfriend. Anne Fogarty and John Roberts star. 10 PM.


In the Wreckage

Playwright-director Matthew Wilson (known for his live monologues Friday nights on WZRD) teams up with fellow former Thunder Road Ensemble members Amy Eaton, Deborah King, and Daniel Taube to premiere Wilson’s new play. Presented by Hysteria Productions, it’s composed of three seemingly independent narratives whose subjects range from an unexpected encounter between old acquaintances to a car crash. 3 PM.


Joe Whyte’s tale of a small-town Nebraska family explores themes of “love, brotherhood, and domestic terrorism.” 7 PM.


The Lucky Ones

See listing for 10 PM Friday. 8 PM.


Cows and Bury the Dog

The first of these one-acts is written by Mike Hansel and directed by Eric Ziegenhagen for Cougar Cougar Productions. The second is “a short little thing” written by Salem Collo-Julin and performed by the Drama Club. 8 PM.