The Rhinoceros Theater Festival began in 1988, when Beau O’Reilly and Jenny Magnus, then performing with cabaret rock band Maestro Subgum and the Whole, founded the Curious Theatre Branch, a “branch” stemming off the band for those members who wanted to make theater as well as music. Since that time, Curious has consistently worked with a shifting ensemble of artists in a non-hierarchical decision-making process, through which the philosophy of collaboration as a social force is explored on every level. The Rhino originally took place across multiple venues in Wicker Park, later moving to Rogers Park, and landing at Prop Thtr in 2009. Prop and Curious now co-produce the festival each year, with all shows and events taking place at Prop’s Elston Avenue headquarters. (source: rhinofest.com)
It’s a tough time right now. You deserve a vacation. Jack Wilton, self-appointed ally and recent returnee from traveling the world wants to give you one. He has transformed his recent vacation into a variety show depicting his adventures in a range of spectacular and crowd-pleasing styles, with everything from live music to a participatory game show. He’s created a safe space where you can sit back, win a free beer, and enjoy an hour free from any political discussion. Over the course of the evening, the cracks begin to show in Jack’s stories, his conduct, and the fabric of reality itself as the performing ensemble of six women work to bring Jack’s stories to life and struggle within both a play and a society that profits off of their silence.
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