Rhinoceros Theater Festival

This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago’s fringe takes its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big). 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 change) on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for October 16 and 17.


Perfect Copy and Invasion of Desire and the Resistance to That Invasion

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.

I Dreamed of Rats

Cleveland’s New World Performance Laboratory presents Terry Crandendonk’s one-man adaptation of Gogol’s The Inspector General. 10 PM.


Mother’s Day

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

I Dreamed of Rats

See listing for 10 PM Friday. 10 PM.

Closing Night Party

This wrap-up celebration features live music by Chicago’s World Gone Mad and Madison, Wisconsin’s Your Mom SRO. 11 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): I Dreamed of Rats theater still by Lisa Black.