• Jason Brown
  • Even titty twisters aren’t too depraved for Holy Bouncing Boobies

We have only a handful of newly opened shows to tell you about this week, but that’s all right—the Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival more than compensates. An annual commemoration of both the titular revolutionary and the 1969 Woodstock festival, this year’s AHDFOSF features more than 50 hours of performances. And next week will be big on dance, too, thanks to the Chicago Dancing Festival. In her preview, Laura Molzahn tells you which shows you can catch without having to sign up for the wait list.

That being said, here’s what’s new and reviewed:

Superheroes usually keep their clothes on for the sake of their secret identities, but the capes fly off with merry abandon in Holy Bouncing Boobies, a Batman burlesque from Gorilla Tango Theatre. Marissa Oberlander recommends it for its confident campiness and sexy comedy. Less successful is the The All-American Genderfuck Cabaret, a show about men and women and everything in between. Dan Jakes says the premise is bold, but the show suffers from a lack of plot. [Note that the Reader made an unfortunate editorial error in its August 16 paper edition, giving The All-American Genderfuck Cabaret the recommended designation belonging to Holy Bouncing Boobies. We apologize to Pride Films and Plays, Gorilla Tango Theatre, and our readers for the confusion and consternation caused by this mix-up. —ed.]