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Yippie! Abbie Hoffman fest returns 

More than 150 performance groups grace the 25th year of Mary Arrchie's Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival.

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Richard Cotovsky as Abbie Hoffman

Richard Cotovsky as Abbie Hoffman

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This year's 25th annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival celebrates not only the famous yippie but also the movement he represented—so it coincides with the anniversary of Woodstock '69. Presented by Mary Arrchie Theatre Company, the weekend marathon features more than 150 performance groups across three stages, kicking off 3 PM on Friday at Daley Plaza with a march to the Den Theatre, where the fest proper begins at 7 with an introduction by Chicago fringe vet Richard Cotovsky, in character as . . . you guessed it. A handful of short pieces follows, including Aston Rep doing Harold Pinter and Rush Pearson doing Nikolai Gogol.

Other highlights: Saturday brings Citizens' Relief's adaptation of Tennessee Williams's The Two-Character Play and Angelina Llongueras doing Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Mask of Anarchy; those who stick around till 2 AM can see Wayward Productions' take on Natural Born Killers. More shorts follow on Sunday: Hobo Junction with the possibly self-explanatory Awful Night of Crap Part II: Eat Shit and Die, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, for instance, and Careening Theatre's Dream Catcher and Other Oddities—3 Short Macabrities, by Dave Skvarla. Cotovsky reprises Hoffman for the closing ceremonies.

And there's music! This year it includes experimental folk group Ratboys, indie rockers the Ivorys, and horn-inflected Big Dammit. Details are available online.


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