Rhinofest continues | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Jan. 30-March 1 2015
Price: $15 or pay-what-you-can, $12 in advance

Rhinofest continues its thundering charge across the savannahs of Chicago. Or at least it's heading into its third week. Where the fringe festival's first round of openings seemed to highlight cool metatheatrical conceits, second-round successes tend to head amusingly for the heart. That's the case with Sex and Minutia, a tale of lovers who spend the first three years of their relationship in bed and the following 22 in negotiation. As embodied by wry David Isaacson and unpredictable Judith Harding, the pair come across as Annie Hall and Alvy Singer sans money. Funny, true, and straightforward, the script represents Beau O'Reilly's best dramatic writing. Kite & Key Theatre's The Blasphemy of Bees also deals with a couple in crisis, though their arena is a middle-school science fair. The geek love feud threatens to go mawkish at every moment, but Christopher Dimond's dialogue and Kate Leslie's staging keep things sweet without syrup. Considerably more acidic is The 236th Annual Summit of the Moose Scouts of America, in which an initially chirpy conference is overwhelmed by the environmental apocalypse going on outside. The Whiskey Rebellion's world of man-eating rats is somehow as believable as it is darkly comic. For a truly corrosive experience, though, see The Sleep of the Gods—a collection of short plays by Brian Nemtusak and New Orleans cult favorite R.J. Tsarov. The creepiness of the latter's three Twilight Zone-inflected works offsets the ponderousness of the former's meditation on insomnia. More: Intermission is amiable enough, goofing on a theater critic with boundary issues. Terkelogues brings Studs Terkel back from the dead with a combination of recordings and live stagings of his radio interviews. Go and Return in Glory is too cute by half as it charts Amelia Earhart's unexpected return from beyond. And Literary Lunatics is a charmer by and for kids. —Tony Adler



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