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Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan, 871-0442. August 19 through 21: Friday-Sunday, according to the schedule below (which is subject to lateness, cancellation, and who knows what other possible mishaps). Tickets: $5 per admission (allows you to come in once and stay as long as you like); $10 for a one-day pass (allows you to come and go at will); $25 for a pass to the full festival.



A street procession from Daley Center plaza, 50 W. Washington, to Mary-Arrchie heralds the festival's start. Yippie! 3 to 6 PM (marchers begin gathering at 2 PM).

Opening Ceremonies

Abbie Hoffman (as portrayed by Richard Cotovsky) returns from the dead to launch the festivities. 7 PM.

The Hammer Dance

Theatre Wyrzuc performs Brian Gary Kirst's poetic theater piece about three poets surviving in corporate America while dealing with romantic rejection, homelessness, AIDS, and other everyday problems. 7:30 PM.

Gas Mask 101

Arlene Cook's weirdly wistful portrait of college guys fretting over the draft in 1970--the era of campus protests, guilt-free dope, and sexually segregated dorms--is presented by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre. 8 PM.

Mountain Language

Dreadful Engines Theater Co. performs Harold Pinter's short drama dealing with abuse of power in a futuristic prison system. 8:50 PM.


Chris Metzger performs his cosmic comic serial about an outer space insect and his fight against evil. Every performance of Starbug during the festival will feature a different episode. 9:10 PM.

To Be Announced

A will-be-filled interlude. 9:20 PM.

Diary of a Madman

Nikolay Gogol's story about a nut case in czarist Russia is adapted and performed by Rush Pearson. 9:40 PM.

Thanks for Tuning In

Improv comedy meets video in this evening of "live channel surfing." 10:50 PM.


See listing for 9:10 PM Friday. 11 PM.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

The Blue Collar Theatre Company presents John Patrick Shanley's drama about an odd couple who meet in a barroom. Midnight.


Drew Richardson, Dramatic Fool

Richardson, who specializes in physical clowning (often with a bittersweet edge), performs his commedia-style mask play Harley Keno (Wakes Up). 1:10 AM.

Wild Dogs

Matt Borczon's play concerns "two males [who] turn their hostility toward women on each other," said Reader critic Tom Valeo when he reviewed this Mary-Arrchie Theatre production in 1991. 1:55 AM.

To Be Announced

2:25 AM.

Man Card: A Journey Through the Mind of the Sensitive White Male

Hard Up Productions "examination of an oft-ignored minority" offers meditations on relationships, inner turmoil, and Nerf basketball. 3:10 AM.

The Monologue Conspiracy

Actors and interested audience members are invited to participate in this performance-cum-rehearsal in which solo speeches are delivered, critiqued, and sent back for further development. 4:10 AM.

Pool Talk (Formerly Cake Talk)

"If you want to know anything and everything about pool or pools in any shape or form," check out A Red Orchid Theatre's radio-talk-show-format performance. 5 AM.

To Be Announced

To sleep, perchance to dream. 6 to 10 AM.

Actors' Jam Session

Improv games, etc. Audience involvement welcome. 10 AM.

To Be Announced

11 AM to 1 PM.

Am I Blue

Punkin Productions performs Beth Henley's short play about a teenage boy who is befriended by a very strange teenage girl on the eve of his 18th birthday. 1 PM.

The Hammer Dance

See listing for 7:30 PM Friday. 2 PM.

Mountain Language

See listing for 8:50 PM Friday. 2:30 PM.

All Aboard

Mirror Image Productions performs David Sheppard's play about the friendship of two women expressed in correspondence. 3 PM.


Bongo's Chongo Village performs "a poetic landscape detailing various principles of physical reality" inspired by Shawnee folktales. 4 PM.

Alma's Pantsuits

Caren Skibell of the improv troupe Thanks for Coming performs a one-woman multimedia show. 5 PM.

To Be Announced

6 PM.

Man Card: A Journey Through the Mind of the Sensitive White Male

See listing for 3:10 AM Saturday. 6:30 PM.

Drew Richardson, Dramatic Fool

See listing for 1:10 AM Saturday. 7:30 PM.

Steal This Print

Taking its title from Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book, Bailiwick Repertory's performance piece features an Asian storyteller/tai chi teacher recounting tales of Hoffman while local printmakers and theater artists create Foamcore prints inspired by the stories. 8:20 PM.


See listing for 9:10 PM Friday. 8:50 PM.

The Dysfunctionals

Certain Hipness Productions performs Kevin Scott's dark comedy. 9 PM.

Victoria--A Surreal Portrait

of a Woman

Pergola Theatre Company presents Amber Carey's portrait of a brainwashed woman. 10:10 PM.


In Pact Theatre performs an early 60s lip-synch musical. 10:40 PM.


See listing for 9:10 PM Friday. 11:25 PM.

Bang Bang

"Bang Bang, with its discipline and considerable wit, . . . consists of a core group of some of Chicago's finest actors," says Reader critic Tim Sheridan of this improv-comedy ensemble. "But the real star of the show is the nerve and spirit of exploration that every member of the group displays." 11:35 PM.


To Be Announced

12:35 AM.

Six Great Conversations

by Tim Joyce

Mary-Arrchie Theatre. 1:20 AM.

Bitch With Rich

Mary-Arrchie Theatre. 1:50 AM.

To Be Announced

3 to 5 AM.

Pool Talk (Formerly Cake Talk)

See listing for 5 AM Saturday. 5 AM.

To Be Announced

6 to 10 AM.

Mary-Arrchie Kid's Show

Mary-Arrchie Theatre. 10 AM.

To Be Announced

10:50 AM.

Wild Dogs

See listing for 1:55 AM Saturday. 11:30 AM.

Revolution for the Hell of It

Excerpts from Abbie Hoffman's sometimes prophetic, sometimes tongue-in-cheek manifesto are performed by various actors. Audience involvement is welcome. Noon.

Six Great Conversations

by Tim Joyce

See listing for 1:20 AM Sunday. 1 PM.

Mountain Language

See listing for 8:50 PM Friday.

2 PM.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

See listing for midnight Friday. 3 PM.

Man Card: A Journey Through the Mind of the Sensitive White Male

See listing for 3:10 AM Saturday. 4:10 PM.


Racism, sexual harassment, and political correctness are among the topics in this musical spoof of an educational TV show for teens. "Conceived as a send-up of the 70s PBS kids' series Zoom, this could have been a simply dreadful show in the wrong hands. But happily director Amy Seeley and her actors make Hooray! more than a mere parody. . . . [Its] honesty means Seeley and her actors can use the show to comically explore the more painful aspects of adolescence," said Reader critic Jack Helbig when he reviewed this Factory Theater production's original run. 5:30 PM.

Famous in the Future

The optimistically named comedy troupe performs a revue of sketches, songs, and dance numbers, entitled I Love You Only When I Feel Like It. 6:30 PM.

All Aboard

See listing for 3 PM Saturday. 7 PM.


See listing for 9:10 PM Friday. 8 PM.


The Defiant Theatre performs Slawomir Mrozek's play about an old man and his grandson's visit to an optometrist's office to get the old man a pair of glasses so he can kill the title character. 8:10 PM.

Am I Blue

See listing for 1 PM Saturday. 8:50 PM.

Upright Citizens Brigade

UCB's audience-involvement show Asscat features written sketches and audience-interactive improv comedy. 9:30 PM.

Gas Mask 101

See listing for 8 PM Friday. 10:30 PM.

Closing Ceremonies

hosted by Richard Cotovsky as Abbie Hoffman. 11:30 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Daniel Guidara.

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