Going Rhino Do the Fringe Thing and Check out Chicago Works at the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival

By Valeo, Tom | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 9, 1996 | Go to article overview

Going Rhino Do the Fringe Thing and Check out Chicago Works at the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival


Valeo, Tom, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Tom Valeo Daily Herald Theater Critic

The scoop

- What: The Rhinoceros Theatre Festival

- Where: The Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln Ave., and the Famous Door Theatre, 3212 N. Broadway Ave., both in Chicago

- When: Aug. 15 through Sept. 22

- Parking: Street parking only

- Tickets: $7 per show; $10 for two shows. Opening night party (Aug. 15) at Lunar Cabaret, $10

- Phone: (312) FAR-MOON (327-6666)

The Rhinoceros Theatre Festival is expanding!

All that means, however, is that the festival will take place in two locations, one of which contains a whole 100 seats!

Still, for the Rhino Fest, that is a big step forward.

The Rhino Fest is a fringe festival devoted to new works by Chicago writers and performers.

"We want to do work that is hot off the presses," said Jenny Magnus, a festival organizer. "Our commitment is to original work by new writers who are working now."

This year's Rhino Fest will include several full-length plays, "thanks to the Rhino in Winter festival," explained Beau O'Reilly, who organized that event at the Lunar Cabaret in February. "That was an ideal time and place for the smaller, one-person shows, so the original festival can focus on new plays."

Plays, of course, require more space than the solo shows that have been held at the Lunar Cabaret, so Dan Rivkin, the artistic director of the Famous Door Theatre Company at 3212 N. Broadway in Chicago, agreed to make that theater available.

Famous Door also will participate in the festival by staging the local premiere of "The Increased Difficulty of Concentration," by Czech playwright Vaclav Havel.

Meanwhile, smaller shows will run simultaneously at the Lunar Cabaret at 2827 N. Lincoln Ave. beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday with an opening-night party featuring performances by several festival participants.

At the Lunar Cabaret

Here is a schedule of the shows at the Lunar Cabaret:

- "Claretta Petacci, Mussolini's Mistress," by Frank Melcori, performed by Amy Warren: 8 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18.

- "David Kodeski's True Life Tales: Doris," the chronicle of a minister's wife from her childhood in Maine to her present existence in a Chicago retirement home. 8 p.m. Aug. 22 and 29, and Sept. 5, 12 and 19.

- "Bosch tapped the gas pedal and the caprice moved forward," an excerpt from a multimedia opera composed and performed by Jeffrey Kowalkowski and Marko Ciciliani-Hamburg, about the alienating effects of global communications technology.

- "Van's Peppy Syncopators," a CD release party featuring violinist Terri Kapsalis, guitarist John Corbett and handmade instrumentalist Hal Rammel. 10 p.m. Aug. 23.

- "Chicago: City on the Make," from the book by Nelson Algren, conceived and performed by German theater companies in Halle, East Germany. …

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