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The 20 companies in this first-time event (presented in conjunction with the fifth annual Bucktown Arts Fest) may not define the state of avant-garde theater on Chicago, but they offer a look at the diverse visions that operate under that very loose category. Performances are held at three venues: the Garage, 1843 W. North; the Firehouse, 1625 N. Damen; and the Society for New Things, 1573 N. Milwaukee. The festival climaxes this weekend with an afternoon Free Theatre Festival on August 25 and 26 at the Holstein Park field house, 2200 N. Oakley. The telephone number for all theater events is 235-1944. Single-ticket admission to shows at the Garage, Firehouse, and Society for New Things costs $7; package prices are $25 for four tickets, $36 for six, and $50 for ten. Admission to shows at Holstein Park field house are free. This week's schedule follows.

MISS MARGARIDA'S WAY Roberto Athayde's black comedy, performed by Epicenter, uses a neurotic schoolteacher--with the audience as the class--as a metaphor for governmental and religious tyranny. At the Society for New Things, August 23; Thursday, 8 PM.

THE BILL OF RIGHTS SHOW The Prop Theatre presents "scenes from other talk shows and some segments from the Bill of Rights." At the Garage, August 23 and 25; Thursday and Saturday, 8 PM.

THEATRE ONE Samuel Beckett's dark one-act comedy about an encounter between two men--one who can't see and one who can't walk--is performed by the PUS theater. At the Garage, August 23; Thursday, 10 PM.

OPEN SYZYGY--SOME MADRAS PARABLES See the regular theater listings for a description of this performance piece. At the Society for New Things, August 24; Friday, 8 PM.

LOS FANTOCHES The Latino Experimental Theatre Company's Spanish-language performance uses an old ritual to find new meanings. At the Garage, August 24; Friday, 8 PM.

AN EDUCATED MAN A Stage of One's Own performs a drama about a Palestinian youth in Israel. At the Firehouse, August 24; Friday, 8 PM. Also at Holstein Park field house, August 25; Saturday, 4:30 PM.

NATURAL LAW This theater piece is performed by the Collection. At the Firehouse, August 24; Friday, 10 PM.

A SHADOW PLAY (I WANT x I NEED (divided by) I HAVE) Redmoon Theater uses shadow puppets, multimedia projections, and live music in its "visual parable on the plight of the homeless in our urban world." At the Garage, August 24; Friday, 10 PM.

THE DIMMED HEART Patricia Duff's play about an encounter between an arts aficionado and a con woman, is "one of the most unpretentious, delightful, sensorially exciting pieces I've seen in a long while," says Reader critic Diana Spinrad. The Theatre of the Reconstruction production is directed by Duff and Peggy Dunne. At Holstein Park field house, August 25; Saturday, 1:45 PM.

MAMBAY The Society for New Things presents a music-theater work. At Holstein Park field house, August 25; Saturday, 3:30 PM. Also at the Society for New Things, August 25; Saturday, 8 PM.

BETTER RED IN BED Seethe regular theater listings for a description of this new comedy. At Holstein Park field house, August 25; Saturday, 6 PM. Also at the Firehouse, August 25; Saturday, 10 PM.

THE UNCENSORED HAITI STORIES Blue Rider Theatre presents Donna Lachman's highly personal "retrospective of the wandering Jew in our culture." At the Firehouse, August 25; Saturday, 8 PM.

THE RELIGION OF MONEY Puzzling Evidence Productions offers its show about "people who are marketing the Western lands and others who are looking for Buddha in all the wrong places." At the Society for New Things, August 25; Saturday, 10 PM.

BIG DEAL Steve Heller and Rich Sparks's new work is a "vicious but often funny musical parody of Cinderella, set in deepest, darkest corporate America, [that] gives full vent to a seething anger," says Reader critic Jack Helbig. At the Garage, August 25; Saturday, 10 PM.

LAUNDRY AND BOURBON Talisman Theatre presents James McLure's comedy about southern women. At Holstein Park field house, August 26; Sunday, 2 PM.

GUZMAN Y LENA Latino Chicago Theater Company offers its adaptation of Athol Fugard's Boesman and Lena, the harrowing story of a displaced couple's wanderings on the fringes of an oppressive society. At Holstein Park field house, August 26; Sunday, 4 PM.

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