Mary-Arrchie Theatre Ends Its Run with Abbie Fest XVIII

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.

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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.”

General admission weekend passes for $25 are available here. See the latest Abbie Fest schedule here.

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.

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Nancy S Bishop

Nancy S. Bishop is publisher and Stages editor of Third Coast Review. She’s a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at nancybishopsjournal.com, and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about film, books, art, architecture and design.

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