Rhinoceros Theater Festival

This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music takes its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big). Traditionally dedicated to presenting new, sometimes innovative work by Chicago performing-arts groups, the fest this year also features artists from Germany’s Freiwild Festival.

The Rhinoceros Theater Festival runs through October 17 at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln, 773-327-6666. Consult the listings below for specific shows and times. All events are $10 or “pay what you can.” The Reader lists festival schedules (which are subject to last-minute changes) on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for September 17 through 24.


Laughs of Steel . . . a Workout for Your Diaphragm

Chicago monologuist-accordionist Dana Block performs a one-woman show. 8 PM.

Der Tribun

The German multimedia ensemble KlangbŸhne Guricht’s satire, Der Tribun (“The Tribune”), portrays a political leader making a speech to a democratic nation. The show is performed in English. 9 PM.


Perfect Copy/Invasion of Desire . . .

Theater Oobleck veteran Mickle Maher’s new group, Theater Three, presents two plays about “weak and corrupt members of our community made so weak by their corruption they’re unable to retaliate in any way.” 8 PM.

Yo, Bukowski!

The Larry Jones Ensemble presents a poetic concert based on the writings of Charles Bukowski. 10 PM.



Abby Sher’s play, inspired by the works of Dostoyevsky, features Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s Richard Cotovsky in the story of “one man’s crusade against the postal system.” Amy Ludwig directs. 8 PM.

Die Wurst

Germany’s KlangbŸhne Guricht presents an experimental play. 10 PM.


Yo, Bukowski!

See listing for 10 PM Friday, September 18. 3 PM.

7 Pounds of Mud

Beau O’Reilly’s drama concerns a 21-year-old named Mud (who’s hung up on heroin and an aging James Joyce scholar) and her meddlesome father and brothers. This Curious Theatre Branch production “scuttles around the borders of pathos and parody as it distorts and romanticizes the path that brought its heroes to live on the street as heroin addicts,” said Reader critic Carol Burbank when she reviewed the show’s original run. 4 PM.

Akki Schultz and Guillermo Gregorio Trio

Schultz, a bassist from Halle, Germany, shares a program with a Chicago jazz group featuring reed player Guillermo Gregorio, percussionist Carrie Biolo, and cellist Frederick Lonberg-Holm. 7 PM.


Mother’s Day

Chicago’s Dolphinback Theatre Company presents writer-actor KellyAnn Corcoran in a one-woman show about family relationships. 8 PM.


Laughs of Steel . . . a Workout for Your Diaphragm

See listing for 8 PM Thursday, September 17. 8 PM.

Books on Tape

The Penlight Theatre presents Chicago playwright Eric Ziegenhagen’s one-man multimedia concert. 9 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Mother’s Day photo by Melanie Dix.