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Bailiwick Repertory Theatre is the company that finally closed Naked Boys Singing so they could open Barenaked Lads in the Great Outdoors--what kind of a costume sale could they put on? A pretty good one, it turns out. Besides cowboy hats, collars, cuffs, boots, and Robert Mitchum masks worn by the naked fellas, they got your ball gowns worn by the Spider Woman, your plastic conquistador helmets should you feel the need to invade Peru, your military uniforms, religious garb, and rainbow pride thongs, and lots of shoes and slippers. You can be only the second owner of James Marsters's doublet from Robespierre, We Hardly Knew Ye or the Lycra shorts Greg Louganis wore in Larry Kramer's Just Say No. And then there's the wardrobe from Animal Farm, which Reader theater critic Albert Williams described as "clever costumes that use crutchlike attachments to represent forelegs." Props? Heck yeah. A 1940s typewriter, a microscope, ship's wheels, and "paint, lumber, and assorted weapons," according to a press release. Box office manager Scott Deter says when possible items will be marked with the show they're from, but adds that no one has a clue what the child-size hexagonal coffin was used for. The company's also unloading furniture, books, TVs, computers, contemporary clothing, rope, and "lots and lots of fabric." Shoes start at $1, clothing at $2, and the prices go up from there based on the quality and uniqueness of the merchandise. --Patrick Daily

Bailiwick Costume and Rummage Sale

WHEN: Sat 5/13, 10 AM-6 PM

WHERE: Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont

PRICE: $1 donation to enter

INFO: 773-883-1090

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Rob Warner.


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