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ABBIE HOFFMAN DIED FOR OUR SINS
September brings the start of the fall theatre season, with its big-ticket plays and awards chatter. But in the meantime, local troupes let their hair down for one carefree moment of experimentation, none with more wild abandon (on its part) or breathy anticipation (on ours) than this oddball annual festival from Mary-Arrchie.
8/19–21 Mary-Arrchie mastermind Richard Cotovsky oversees the 22nd annual celebration of a counterculture revolutionary, as more than 50 artists converge on a tiny Lake View stage housed above a liquor store and kitty-corner from the gentrification-defying Hotel Chateau. Festivities begin 8/19 at 2 with a march from Daley Plaza to the theatre and continue for 53 hours of barely controlled theatrical chaos. See website for schedule. $10 per day; $25 weekend pass. Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co at Angel Island, 735 W Sheridan. maryarrchie.com.