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The fest, which runs through June 19, wraps up with performances by the Netherlands' Dogtroep in Camel Gossip III, Ireland's Gate Theatre in Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, and American monologuist Marga Gomez in two pieces, Memory Tricks and Marga Gomez Is Pretty, Witty and Gay. Also on the agenda are various breakfast and lunch presentations, postshow discussions, and professional workshops. Performances take place at DePaul University's Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo; the Wellington Theater, 750 W. Wellington; the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield; and the Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand (at Lake Michigan). Various public programs will be held at the Columbia College Theater/Music Center, 72 E. 11th, and the Goodman Theatre Studio, 200 S. Columbus. Single ticket prices are listed for each production; for single ticket orders, call 831-2822. For series tickets, call 664-3378; for group discounts, details on the professional workshops, and general festival information, call 664-3370.

Following is the schedule for June 9 through 16:

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

Marga Gomez Is Pretty, Witty and Gay

"San Francisco-based monologuist Marga Gomez . . . takes her most personal foibles and most painful childhood memories and transforms them into a very liberating kind of comedy. . . . Gomez's performances are a kind of spiritual exercise: though they're entertaining--Gomez is a very funny woman--they also provide a kind of psychological road map for self-discovery," says Reader critic Jack Helbig of the festival's only American entrant. In this one-woman show, Gomez describes the crisis she endured when asked to appear as an "adult female homosexual" on a TV talk show. Wellington Theater, 7:30 PM (opening). $20-$25.

Juno and the Paycock

Sean O'Casey's 1924 masterpiece, a tragedy infused with rich humor, depicts the effects of Ireland's civil war on a Dublin slum family. Premiered 70 years ago by the Abbey Theatre, it's been revived by the Abbey's chief rival, the Gate Theatre, which in the last decade has made a smashing recovery from the decline it suffered following the deaths of its founders, Micheal MacLiammoir and Hilton Edwards. This staging by Joe Dowling has won high praise from Irish, English, and New York critics, who dubbed it a "must-see" show for its ensemble playing and evocative design. Merle Reskin Theatre, 7:30 PM. A discussion follows the performance. $21-$40.

Camel Gossip III

The Amsterdam-based Dogtroep, an ensemble of actors, musicians, sculptors, artists, and technicians, was formed in 1975 by a core of street performers; these days its specialty is whimsical, site-specific spectacles custom-made for the city they're playing (previous Camel Gossips were presented in Glasgow and Amsterdam). Press materials for this family-oriented show refer to "the aesthetics of chaos" in the company's work--take the name Dogtroep, a meaningless word that was printed by mistake in a program and took hold. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. $21-$26. (Reviewed this week in Section One.)

FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Brown Bag Lunch

The Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan and writer Alton Miller host an informal lunch discussion with festival artists; Marga Gomez and members of the Gate Theatre and Dogtroep are scheduled to show up. Goodman Theatre Studio, 12:10 PM. Free; box lunches available for $8; "reservations recommended but not required."

Marga Gomez Is Pretty, Witty and Gay

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Wellington Theater, 7:30 PM. $20-$25.

Juno and the Paycock

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Merle Reskin Theatre, 7:30 PM. $21-$40.

Camel Gossip III

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. $21-$26.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

Breakfast Discussion

WBEZ's Mara Tapp hosts a discussion with members of the Gate Theatre on "The Politics of Separation." Get there early; there's a long line for coffee and rolls in the cramped foyer. Columbia College Theater/Music Center, Getz Theater, 10:30 AM. $10 (includes continental breakfast).

Juno and the Paycock

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Merle Reskin Theatre, 1:30 and 8 PM. $21-$40.

Marga Gomez Is Pretty, Witty and Gay

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Wellington Theater, 6 PM. $20-$25.

Camel Gossip III

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. $21-$26.

Memory Tricks

This solo piece by the funny and revealing monologuist Marga Gomez (running in repertory with Marga Gomez Is Pretty, Witty and Gay [see listing for Thursday, June 9]) explores her love-hate relationship with her comedian father and exotic-dancer mother. Wellington Theater, 9 PM. $20-$25.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12

Juno and the Paycock

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Merle Reskin Theatre, 1:30 and 8 PM. $21-$40.

Memory Tricks

See listing for Saturday, June 11. Wellington Theater, 2 PM (closing). $20-$25.

Marga Gomez Is Pretty, Witty and Gay

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Wellington Theater, 7 PM (closing). $20-$25.

Camel Gossip III

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. $21-$26.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14

Juno and the Paycock

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Merle Reskin Theatre, 7:30 PM. A discussion follows the performance. $21-$40.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15

Juno and the Paycock

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Merle Reskin Theatre, 7:30 PM. $21-$40.

Camel Gossip III

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. $21-$26.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

Juno and the Paycock

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Merle Reskin Theatre, 7:30 PM. $21-$40.

Camel Gossip III

See listing for Thursday, June 9. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. A discussion follows the show. $21-$26.

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

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