Mary-Arrchie’s theater space at Angel Island is gone, but the theater closes out its history with a final event in the spirit of “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins.” The 28th annual Abbie Fest will be this Friday through Sunday at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park.
The theater’s last dramatic production at Angel Island was a “snarling, hilarious production” of American Buffalo, which we reviewed.
Almost 60 theater and performance companies are participating in Abbie Fest XVIII, including outfits such as A Red Orchid, Agit Prop, Danger Democracy, Raven Theatre, Revolution Theatre, Otherworld, The Inconvenience and Strawdog.
Commenting on an earlier Abbie Fest, actor-comedian Nick Offerman said, “This splendid debauch was a non-stop, 72-hour procession of everything from high-quality theater pieces, music and monologues to absolute absurdism and nonsense.”
Abbie Fest XVIII runs from 7pm Friday to 11:55pm Sunday at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. The festival is also a final fundraising push for the company.