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 29 through March 2.


Starrs at Lunar

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


The Fantastic Four vs. the Moleman

This program of solo performance features Paul Leisman in Raymond Federman’s “The Line”; Meredith Neuman in her own “Witchcraft: What’s in It for Me?” Michael Martin in his new piece “Pattern Recognition”; and Paul Tamney in Bryn Magnus’s “Horse of Love.” 8 PM.


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 of this Curious Theatre Branch production. 8 PM.

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