One more year like this, and we’ll have an institution on our hands. This second annual showcase of avant-garde theater in Chicago is coordinated by Scott Turner, Valerie Turner, James Krulish, and John Oartel–with a bow to Salvador Dali, whose use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big) inspired the event’s name. It runs through August 31 at three different locations: Latino Chicago Theater Company (the Firehouse, 1625 N. Damen); the Curious Theatre Branch (1900 W. North); and Theatre of the Reconstruction (the Garage, 1843 W. North). Performances are priced at $7 each (except in special cases as noted), $25 for 4 tickets, $36 for 6 tickets, or $50 for 10 tickets. The telephone number for all events is 235-1944.


SALLY IN A DARK PLACE A young woman goes to California to make it in movies, only to get wrapped up in the porn industry. Dan Sutherland’s play is presented by Eagle Mountain Productions. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM)

RICHARD NIXON–THE FUTURE IS NOW America’s favorite unindicted coconspirator kicks around old memories with a lounge pianist, in this performance piece by Frank Melcori and Jimi Jihad. (Curious Theatre Branch, 10 PM)

MORE BROTHERS BEHIND BARS THAN BOOKS… Brothers in Verse fuse poetry and music in a theatrical ritual whose aim is “redefining the castrated masculinity of the Blackman.” (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

THUNDER IN THE INDEX Phillip Hayes Dean’s play about a young black man in a white-run psychiatric institution is performed as the debut production of the Gary Art Ensemble Chicago, an outgrowth of an Indiana experimental theater. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 10 PM)


A NEW SHADOW PUPPET PLAY Redmoon Theater and the Ghelinsong violin ensemble team up to tell the nonverbal “story of a man who goes into his mind then out in an attempt to recreate the world,” in this adult puppet show written and directed by Blair Thomas. (Latino Chicago, 8 PM)

DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE PRESENTS: THE CASE OF DENVER PYLES AND THE UNEATEN FLOUNDER and 160,000,000 MILES FROM THE SIXTH RISING OF THE CRUEL AND UNUSUAL MOON The Collection burlesques Dragnet and Star Trek in these two plays by Paul Peditto. (Latino Chicago, 10 PM)

EVIL TRIGGERS DOWN AMATEUR STREET See description in regular theater listings. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM)

MATH The Milk of Burgundy music ensemble performs a theatrical concert of “drum chanteys, marches, thrift store covers, waltzes, dirges, and dirt stories” employing found-object instruments. (Curious Theatre Branch, 10 PM)

ORGASMO ADULTO ESCAPES FROM THE ZOO See description in regular theater listings. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

GAMES TO PLAY AT CHURCH This show exploring “serene and violent passions of the mind” is performed by Steele Productions, which integrates puppet and human actors. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 10 PM)


DUTCHMAN Amiri Baraka’s cruelly comic 1964 study of an encounter between a black man and a white woman on a New York City subway (written back when he was called LeRoi Jones) slashes at stereotypes of race, sex, and class. Juan Ramirez produces and directs this revival. (Latino Chicago, 8 PM)

A NEW SHADOW PUPPET PLAY See listing from Friday, August 30. (Latino Chicago, 10 PM)

REMORSE, NARRENSCHIFF, THE BIRDS AND THE BEES (WITHOUT THE BEES), and THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN Theater Oobleck’s program of short works consists of a story by Angela Woodward adapted and performed by Lisa Black; new plays by Wylie Goodman and Terri Kapsalis; and Ted de Moniak reading from Terry Southern’s satiric novel. Special admission price: $4, “more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke”; festival passes are accepted. (Curious Theatre Branch, 8 PM)

MATH See listing from Friday, August 30. (Curious Theatre Branch, 10 PM)

THE RAZOR’S EDGE See description in regular theater listings. This is a preview of Theatre of the Reconstruction’s opening production of the 1991-92 season. (Theatre of the Reconstruction, 8 PM)

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