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1994 International Theatre Festival of Chicago 

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The fest finishes off this weekend with performances by the Netherlands' Dogtroep and Ireland's Gate Theatre; also on the agenda are breakfast and lunch presentations, postshow discussions, and professional workshops. Performances take place at DePaul University's Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo, and the Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand (at Lake Michigan); other 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 ticket orders, call 831-2822; for general festival information, call 664-3378.

Following is the schedule for June 16 through 19:

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

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 for its ensemble playing and evocative design. Merle Reskin Theatre, 7:30 PM. $21-$40. (Reviewed this week in Section One.)

Camel Gossip III

The Amsterdam-based Dogtroep, an ensemble of actors, musicians, sculptors, artists, and technicians, specializes in whimsical spectacles custom-made for the city they're playing. This elaborate, physically risky, Chicago-specific piece's "many-faceted surface . . . glitters and scintillates, surprises and entices; and on the level of spectacle and humor, Dogtroep surely 'play for everyone,' as they claim in the program. But what lies beneath [the performance's] surface is less surely appealing," says Reader critic Laura Molzahn. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. A discussion follows the show. $21-$26.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

Brown Bag Lunch

The Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan and writer Alton Miller host an informal lunch discussion with festival artists; 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."

Juno and the Paycock

See listing for Thursday, June 16. Merle Reskin Theatre, 7:30 PM. $21-$40.

Camel Gossip III

See listing for Thursday, June 16. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. $21-$26.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

Breakfast Discussion

WBEZ's Mara Tapp hosts a discussion and demonstration on solo performance with local artists (now there's a change!) Paula Killen, Tom Mula, and Marcia Wilkie. 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 16. Merle Reskin Theatre, 1:30 and 8 PM. $21-$40.

Camel Gossip III

See listing for Thursday, June 16. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM. $21-$26.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

Juno and the Paycock

See listing for Thursday, June 16. Merle Reskin Theatre, 1:30 and 8 PM (closing). $21-$40.

Camel Gossip III

See listing for Thursday, June 16. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 9 PM (closing). $21-$26.

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