The Rhino in Winter 

Offered as an adjunct to the annual summer Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, this monthlong showcase of fringe performance features work by the likes of locals Jenny Magnus, Beau O'Reilly, Frank Melcori, David Isaacson, Scott Turner, and James Schneider. The fest runs February 1 through March 2 at the Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe, 2827 N. Lincoln, 327-6666. Shows take place almost every night and there are matinees most weekends, as indicated in the listings below (which are subject to change; audiences are advised to call the festival for updates). Tickets are $7 per show (except where noted in individual listings) or $10 for two shows.

The Reader lists festival offerings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for February 1 through 8.

Thursday, February 1

Ler Noot Fiesta and John Starrs

Mark Comiskey and Colm O'Reilly, aka Ler Noot Fiesta, offer a program of "improvised noise/jazz/trash" in conjunction with poet John Starrs. 9 PM.

Friday, February 2

The Julieannes

"Boyfriends are dissected and digested" when two women with the same name meet, in the Curious Theatre Branch's production of Bryn Magnus's new play. The play "opens with all the dazzling linguistic turns and imaginative leaps that have solidified Magnus's reputation among the off-off-off-off-Loop crowd, [but] fizzles into an oddly dispassionate jumble," says Reader critic Justin Hayford. 8 PM.

Saturday, February 3

Clowns, Goddesses, and Tough Guys

Actor James Schneider offers a "soul monologue with music" about cultural and historical heroes who "serve as our collective American mythology." 8 PM.

Sunday, February 4

Danny and His Things in a Box: A visual noise pastiche, he said as they reached for their guns

Theater Oobleck's Danny Thompson teams up with Ler Noot Fiesta for a new "extravaganza." 8 PM. $7; "more if you've got it, free if you're broke."

Tuesday, February 6

The Spy Was in Stitches: The Further Adventures of Secret Agent Man

David Isaacson performs his new parody of post-Cold War capitalist competition, the sequel to his 1991 The Spy Threw His Voice: A Plagiarism in Two Acts. 8 PM. $7; "more if you've got it, free if you're broke."

Wednesday, February 7

Clowns, Goddesses, and Tough Guys

See listing for Saturday, February 3. 8 PM.

Thursday, February 8

Starrs at Lunar

Veteran poet John Starr's offers the first of a weekly series of spoken-word performances. 7 PM.

The Sad Ballad of Johnny Reb and His Beautiful Wife Cecile

Playwright-actor Scott Turner's one-man show combines songs and storytelling to create a "chilling portrait of a gun-toting, wife-abusing loser gone feral," said Reader critic Jack Helbig when he reviewed the performance last year. 9 PM.

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