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Running September 13-15, the 13th edition of this annual fall arts festival in Chicago's Wicker Park/Bucktown area showcases the work of emerging artists in all media--including numerous theater and improv productions, as shown in the following listings. Plays are scheduled at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; an "Improv in the Park" series takes place at the northwest entrance to Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen. (For information on poetry, visual art, film, dance, and musical attractions, see Readings & Lectures, Galleries & Museums, Movies, Dance, and Music listings elsewhere in this issue.)

Admission to theater performances is $5 per day; a weekend theater pass (available only on Friday) costs $10. For more information, call 773-342-6777 or visit the festival Web site at www.aroundthecoyote.org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

City Wears a Slouch Hat

Wanderlust Productions presents poet Kenneth Patchen's 1942 radio drama about "a man who attempts to choose poetry over information." Chopin Theatre, 5 PM.

Bloodrut

Director Nicole Garneau and Big Smith seek to "banish menstrual shame" in this performance piece. "Garneau and the members of Big Smith (Jane Haldiman, Katherine Klein, and Anne Statton) deliver tough and lively drum and vocal performances, and I particularly admired their cunning vocal arrangements of traditional songs like 'Go Down You Blood Red Roses' and 'Red Apple Juice.' But Bloodrut doesn't reveal anything about women's menstrual cycles that hasn't been broadcast since at least the first appearance of Our Bodies, Ourselves. . . . And using menstruation as a defining marker for feminine experience comes dangerously close to the biological determinism that feminists have fought against forever," said Reader critic Kerry Reid when she reviewed the show earlier this summer. Chopin Theatre, 6 PM.

B. Beaver Animations

Seattle's EXITheatre and Unfortunate Reality Productions present this story of "one man's attempt to recall his instincts in the face of imminent danger." Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

Icarus

Teatro Vista presents Edwin Sanchez's contemporary reworking of the Greek myth. (Reviewed this week in Section One.) Chopin Theatre, 8 PM. Note: A $5 surcharge applies to this show.

Southside and Are You a Boy or a Girl?

Jamie Black's solo presentation Are You a Boy or a Girl? deals with the discovery that "you are not always what you seem to be." See Critic's Choice for Southside. Chopin Theatre, 9 PM.

Buddhism for Beginners

Robyn Okrant plays a woman seeking a better life through "fabricated reincarnation." Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.

Mama: A Play for Music and Voices

The Walkabout Theater uses recorded sound and other conventions of the radio play to tell the story of an incapacitated woman who journeys back through her life and forward to her death. Chopin Theatre, 11 PM.

Hieronymus Bosch

The Right Brain Project promises "a vicious tale of lust and innocence" in this fictional account of the painter of the fantastic. Chopin Theatre, midnight.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Improv in the Park

This showcase of improv comedy groups begins with Bevy at noon and continues with Local 914 at 1 PM, Good Time Charlie's at 2 PM, Bare at 3 PM, Mostly Harmless at 4 PM, Goldbrick at 5 PM, Obsessed at 6 PM, Strawberry Quick at 7 PM, and Mr. Fancypants at 8 PM. Wicker Park.

B. Beaver Animations

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

2 PM.

Mama: A Play for Music and Voices

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

3 PM.

Bloodrut

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

4 PM.

Buddhism for Beginners

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

5 PM.

Hieronymus Bosch

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

6 PM.

Southside and Are You a Boy or a Girl?

See listing for Friday (see Critic's Choice for Southside). Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

Icarus

See listing for Friday. (Reviewed this week in Section One.) Chopin Theatre,

PM. Note: A $5 surcharge applies to this show.

B. Beaver Animations

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

9 PM.

City Wears a Slouch Hat

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

10 PM.

Buddhism for Beginners

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

11 PM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Improv in the Park

This showcase of improv comedy groups begins with I Miss High School at noon and continues with Liquid at 1 PM, Sleauburn at 2 PM, Jerk Store at 3 PM, Mostly Harmless at 4 PM, Sit Pretty at 5 PM, Black Sheep at 6 PM, John Baptista Jr. & the Amazing Luggah at 7 PM, and Courtesy Sleeve at 8 PM. Wicker Park.

B. Beaver Animations

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

2 PM.

City Wears a Slouch Hat

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

3 PM.

The Wasteland

The Adler Danztheatre Project uses dance, visual art, and spoken word in its staging of T.S. Eliot's poem. "The imagination and industry invested in this production by director Ellyzabeth Adler and Danztheatre Project are impressive," said Reader critic Mary Shen Barnidge when she reviewed the show last spring. Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia, 3 PM.

Are You a Boy or a Girl?

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

4 PM.

Mama: A Play for Music and Voices

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

5 PM.

Bloodrut

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

6 PM.

Southside

See Critic's Choice. Chopin Theatre,

7 PM.

Icarus

See listing for Friday. (Reviewed this week in Section One.) Chopin Theatre,

PM. Note: A $5 surcharge applies to this show.

Hieronymus Bosch

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

9 PM.

Buddhism for Beginners

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

10 PM.

City Wears a Slouch Hat

See listing for Friday. Chopin Theatre,

11 PM.

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