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This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music runs through 10/31 at Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston. Rhino Fest is coordinated by the Curious Theatre Branch, and features emerging and established artists from Chicago's fringe. Performances take place in Prop's north and south theaters. Admission for most shows is $15 or "pay what you can"; exceptions are noted below. For information and reservations, call 773-267-6660 (except as noted below) or visit www.rhinofest.com.

THURSDAY 27

R The Masrayana

Presenting a modern-day nightmare in old-timey dress, William C. Kovacsik's story-theater piece, which includes music and dance, recounts the ordeal of an Indian farmer struggling to reclaim his identity after his unscrupulous brother and corrupt officials conspire to have him declared legally dead in order to seize his land. As Mr. Masra's existential crisis unfolds in this Prop Thtr/Rasaka Theatre Company coproduction, his story turns into an impassioned plea for the dignity of all people disenfranchised by the march toward modernity. This world premiere crackles under Anish Jethmalani's sharp direction. (ZT) a South theater, 8 PM. $15-$25; industry show; reservations at 773-539-7838.

FRIDAY 28

CC The Life and Times of Jewboy Cain: Jewboy Rejux

Solo performer Jeff Dorchen portrays Jewboy Cain, an Orthodox Jewish socialist folksinger, in this Theater Oobleck offering. a North theater, 7 PM.

R The Masrayana

See listing for Thu 10/27. a South theater, 8 PM. $15-$25; reservations at 773-539-7838.

Transgression Instinct

Sherry Antonini, Nicole Garneau, Clover Morell, Stephen Mosblech, Jenny Magnus, and other artists address the concept of transgression. a North theater, 10:30 PM.

SATURDAY 29

The Hermit in New York

The Still Point Theatre Collective presents Teresa Weed's new play based on the life and work of Trappist monk and radical political essayist Thomas Merton. This placid, overlong, dry-as-dust assemblage of set pieces fails to capture the essence of a man who was both removed from the world and deeply engaged with it; it feels stilted and lifeless in a way that Merton's work never does. (ZT) a North theater, 3 PM.

CC The Life and Times of Jewboy Cain: Jewboy Rejux

See listing for Fri 10/28. a North theater, 7 PM.

R The Masrayana

See listing for Thu 10/27. a South theater, 8 PM. $15-$25; reservations at 773-539-7838.

Transgression Instinct

See listing for Fri 10/28. a North theater, 10:30 PM.

SUNDAY 30

The Hermit in New York

See listing for Sat 10/29. a North theater, 3 PM.

R The Masrayana

See listing for Thu 10/27. a South theater, 3 PM. $15-$25; reservations at 773-539-7838.

CC The Life and Times of Jewboy Cain: Jewboy Rejux

See listing for Fri 10/28. a North theater, 7 PM.

MONDAY 31

Mash-Up Halloween Costume Ball

Adults and children are encouraged to mix two or more costume ideas in this closing-night gala benefiting Free Street. "Folks can be a kitty moose or a cowboy witch or any combination of costumes. There will be music, prizes and treats galore. Participants can bring mashed-up mix tapes and CDs for the DJ to spin." a North theater, 6 PM.

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