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Taking its name from the Tower Building at the intersection of North, Damon, and Milwaukee--commonly called the "Coyote Building" because it once housed the Coyote Gallery--this multimedia arts event includes a sizable theater and performance component (coordinated this year by Wm. Bullion, director of Sliced Bread Productions) that lays claim to being Chicago's only entirely free theatrical festival. Running September 17 through 20 at a variety of venues in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area, the third annual Around the Coyote fest features 22 companies offering 27 different plays and performance pieces. Admission to all theater events is free; for more Information, call 342-6777.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Swing Your Lady

The farmer and the cowhand should be friends? The Cook County Theatre Department (not another governmental agency, worried taxpayers are assured) offers its textual and musical deconstruction of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Paulina Arts Center, central courtyard, 1735 N. Paulina. 7 PM.

The Poppy Garden

Anne McGravie's new play, presented in a workshop performance by Footsteps Theatre Company, draws on the playwright's own experiences in its portrait of a woman with breast cancer. An audience discussion follows the show. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre (downstairs), 1541-43 W. Division. 7:30 PM.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

See description in regular theater listings. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W. Division. 8 PM.

Shinterin

Dana Block performs this solo piece, based on historical documents, about a 17th-century German woman on trial for being a witch. (She claimed she was innocent at first, but never fear--the torturers got the truth out of her.) David Schein of Free Street Theater directs the Chicago premiere of this work by California monologuist John O'Keefe. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 8 PM.

Brou Ha Ha

Original comedic sketches. Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division. 8 PM.

Beirut

An unnamed AIDS-like plague, not family loyalty, is the tragic factor in Alan Bowne's grim twist on Romeo and Juliet, in which two young people--one infected, one not--find and fight love in an urban ghetto. This staging from Bad Rep Productions was mounted especially for the Coyote fest. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 9 PM.

Stage Directions

and Fiesta Boy in a Ten Joint Town

The Civitas theater offers two short plays. The first, by Israel Horovitz, finds a brother and sister confronting their parents' death while speaking only in stage directions. The second, a coproduction with Theatre Wyrzuc, is Brian G. Kirst's poetic performance piece about "those moments when we imprison...the child in ourselves." Love Loft, 15 09 N. Milwaukee. 9 PM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Abiogenesis

The performance group, noted for its barrier-bending approach to dance and theater, acts as "living sculptures" in a sculpture garden. Jaffke Studio, 1757 N. Wilmot. 5 to 8 PM.

Park Avenue Produce Presents...!

and A Baal Sampler

Park Avenue Produce, an ensemble of "avant-vaudevillists," offers a variety performance that includes a radio-style reading of the 1950s comic book The Sinful Sister. The program also includes songs from Sliced Bread Productions' recent rock-and-roll staging of Bertolt Brecht's Baal, which featured a new, contemporized translation by Sliced Bread and Park Avenue Produce mover and shaker (and Coyote fest theater coordinator) Wm. Bullion. Love Loft, 1509 N. Milwaukee. 7 PM.

Grapefruit

Yoko Ono's conceptual-art book is the basis for this audience-interactive "minimalist carnival" by the Hidden Theatre. "[The] production is both bountiful and stripped-down, a low-tech amusement arcade filled with curious things to see and do....There is no denying the exhilaration of being drawn into this kind of naive, non-goal-oriented exploration," said Reader critic Mary Shen Barnidge when she reviewed the show earlier this summer. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre (downstairs), 1541-43 W. Division. 7:30 PM.

Cast on a Hot Tin Roof

See description in regular theater listings. Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division. 8 PM.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

See description in regular theater listings. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W. Division. 8 PM.

Shinterin

See listing under Thursday; September 17. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 8 PM.

Hot Pink

Zymotic Stagecoach's performance includes poetry, fiction, and song focusing on feminist themes, including work by such authors as Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 9 PM.

Return of the Bitch . . . The Third Coming . . . Skid Mark's Nocturnal Excretions

Mary-Arrchie Theatre's "collection of monologues and improv-based sketches that take us on a nightmarish journey to the heart of the late-night urban landscape...has going for it an interesting mood and some humorous moments, but it's too uneven and haphazardly structured," says Reader critic Adam Langer. Love Loft, 1509 N. Milwaukee. 9 PM.

Swing Your Lady

See listing under Thursday, September 17. Paulina Arts Center, central courtyard, 1735 N. Paulina. 9 PM.

Brou Ha Ha

Original comedic sketches. Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division. 10 PM.

Improv Institute

See description in regular theater listings. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 10:30 PM

SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 19

St. George and the Dragon

The Chicago Medieval Players present a street-corner performance of the folk play at various sites and times throughout the day.

Abiogenesis

See listing under Friday, September 18. Jaffke Studio, 1757 N. Wilmot, 11 AM to 7 PM.

Couch Piece,

Less Than Equal,

and Shinterin

The first piece, presented by the Organic Theater Company, is Ann Boyd and Julia Neary's satire on TV's efforts to transform real women into fantasy creatures. "Couch Piece is fast, furious, and funny, but it takes its point seriously," said Reader critic Achy Obejas when she reviewed the play last spring. The second, also from Organic, is an ensemble piece on themes of stereotyping and race relations. For Shinterin, see listing under Thursday, September 17. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W Division. 2 PM.

The Poppy Garden

See listing under Thursday, September 17. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre (downstairs), 1541-43 W. Division. 2:30 PM.

Medea

Revenge is tasty for the title character, a sorceress who punishes her unfaithful husband by serving him his children on a plate. Euripides' tragedy is performed by Steele Productions, whose specialty is fusing movement, mask, and puppetry techniques. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W. Division. 4 PM.

Fall From Grace

Jeff Helgeson's one-man play, presented by Chopin Theatre Productions, concerns "a successful architect and failed husband-father-grandfather as he reevaluates the modernist-reductionist tenets that have dominated his life." And you think you've got problems. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre (downstairs), 1541-43 W Division. 4:30 PM.

Hot Pink

See listing under Friday, September 18. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 5 PM.

Dame Sirith,

Couch Piece,

and Less Than Equal The first play is a 14th-century solo piece about a go-between who helps a lecherous priest seduce a housewife; it's presented by the Chicago Medieval Players. See description of the other two works in listing above. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W. Division. 6 PM.

Imagining Brad

and Shinterin

Peter Hedges's dark comedy about two women responding to their abuse by men was called "a grotesque little fable" by Reader critic Mary Shen Barnidge when she reviewed it this spring. For Shinterin, see listing under Thursday, September 17. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 7 PM.

Return of the Bitch . . . The Third Coming. . . Skid Mark's Nocturnal Excretions

See listing under Friday, September 18 Love Loft, 1509 N. Milwaukee. 7 PM. Grapefruit

See listing under Friday, September 18. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre (downstairs), 1541-43 W Division. 7:30 PM.

Shock Waves From L.A.: Voices of the Dispossessed

Taking her text from actual interviews, actress Catherine Slade portrays a cross section of people involved in and affected by the California riots that followed the Rodney King trial. Joann Shapiro directs a multimedia work-in-progress from Zebra Crossing Theatre. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W North. 8 and 10:30 PM.

Cast on a Hot Tin Roof

See description in regular theater listings. Bop Shop, 1807 W Division. 8 PM.

Park Avenue Produce Presents . . . !

and A Baal Sampler

See listing under Friday, September 18. Love Loft, 1509 N. Milwaukee. 9 PM. Beirut

See listing under Thursday, September 17. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W North. 9 PM.

Swing Your Lady

See listing under Thursday, September 17. Paulina Arts Center, central courtyard, 1735 N. Paulina. 10 PM.

All Men Are Whores

David Mamet's study of the sexual triangle is presented by Tight & Shiny Productions. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W Division. 10 PM.

The Hollywood Squares Not . . . Again!

and The Live Boat With Peter Marshal* and Friends

See description in regular theater listings. Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division. 10 PM.

St. George and the Dragon

See listing under Saturday, September 19.

Abiogenesis

See listing under Friday, September 18. Jaffke Studio, 1757 N. Wilmot, 11 AM to 7 PM.

Jackowo Story

Chopin Theatre Productions presents an original drama in Polish. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W Division. Noon.

All Men Are Whores

See listing under Saturday, September 19. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W. Division. 2 PM.

The Poppy Garden

See listing under Thursday, September 17. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre (downstairs), 1541-43 W. Division. 2:30 PM.

Golden Boy

See description in regular theater listings. Synergy Center, 1753 N. Damen. 3 PM.

Grapefruit

See description under Friday, September 18. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre (downstairs), 1541-43 W. Division. 4:30 PM.

Medea

See listing under Saturday, September 19. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W. Division. 5 PM.

Beirut

See listing under Thursday, September 17. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 5 PM.

Shinterin

and Imagining Brad

See Shinterin listing under Thursday, September 17; see Imagining Brad listing under Saturday, September 19. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North, 7 PM.

Return of the Bitch . . . The Third Coming . . . Skid Mark's Nocturnal Excretions

See Listing under Friday, September 18, Love Loft, 1509 N. Milwaukee. 7 PM.

Fall From Grace

See listing under Saturday, September 19. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre (downstairs), 1541-43 W. Division. 7:30 PM.

Hot Pink

See listing under Friday, September 18. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 8 PM.

Dame Sirith,

Couch Piece,

and Less Than Equal

See listing under Saturday, September 19. At the Gallery-Chopin Theatre, 1541-43 W. Division. 9 PM.

Shock Waves From L.A.: Voices of the Dispossessed

See listing under Saturday, September 19. Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. 9 PM.

Stage Directions

and Fiesta Boy in a Ten Joint Town

See listing under Thursday, September 17. Love Loft, 1509 N. Milwaukee. 9 PM.

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

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