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This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music used to be presented at multiple locations, but now all activities take place at a single venue: the Lunar Cabaret in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, home base of the Curious Theatre Branch, whose artistic director Beau O'Reilly is the event's coordinator. Though this year's Rhino doesn't roam as widely, the beast's appetite hasn't been curtailed. The Rhino Fest, which takes its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali's use of the term "rhinocerontic" (it means real big), still seeks to offer audiences a broad sampling of new, sometimes innovative work from the fringes of Chicago's performing-arts community.

The eighth annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival runs through September 28 at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln. Performances are generally Thursdays at 8 and

9 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and 10 PM, and Sundays at 3 and 8 PM; consult the listings below for specific shows and times. All events are $10 or "pay what you can." For more information, call 773-327-6666.

The Reader lists festival schedules (which are subject to last-minute change) on a week-by-week basis; following is the final weekend's schedule.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Reciprocal Quantities: A Mathematical Study

Local Infinities presents Meghan Strell and Charlie Levin in "a comical duet for two women and their box." 8 PM.

Strange Tales

Magician and performance artist David Parr presents an evening of theater

and illusion, during which the audience is invited to take part in "a perplexing series of paranormal experiments." 9 PM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

In Between

Theater Dank's love story about a man who can fly and a woman who can walk on water employs puppets, clown actors, and found objects. 8 PM.

Little Crashes/Old

Local playwright Peter Handler offers two new one-acts; Hallie Gordon directs. Little Crashes concerns a woman who hears an airplane crashing; Old is about two elderly sisters and their even more elderly mother living in the same nursing home. "Gordon adds some deft touches to the staging. . . . But in both one-acts Handler's knack for clever dialogue built on paradoxes . . . occasionally obstructs the work's sense of progression, [and] the sum of his beautifully drawn individual moments doesn't always add up to a greater whole," says Reader critic Nick Green. 10 PM.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Cut It Out!

See review in this section. 8 PM.

Sheila Donahue & Chuck Perkins

From the publicity materials: "Sheila Donahue, performance poet, shoots pool while reciting rhythmic monologues and daring Chuck Perkins to top her at both." 10 PM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

The Clown

See review in this section. 3 PM.

Cut It Out!

See review in this section. 8 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): The Clown theater still/ uncredited.

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