The Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival
Here’s another where there isn’t generally that much competition in the field, but this year’s twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of “The Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival” at Wicker Park’s The Den Theater hit it out of the park. Organized by the Mary-Arrchie theatre company to commemorate the death of activist Abbie Hoffman, for a $10 in-and-out day pass, visitors were treated to a full twenty-four-hour schedule of performances worthy of the festival’s namesake, from bizarre puppet shows to outlandish improv. Plus the common areas are vast, cozy spaces with plenty of couch seating and live practices going throughout, inspiring a lively, social atmosphere. Consistently packed over the festival’s three-day run, it’s a Chicago original and an annual must-see.
Best of Chicago 2013