Like theater but without all the effort? Then here’s some good news.
The Fringe Arts festival returns to Philadelphia next month, and South Philly has more shows than ever this year. Tickets went on sale last week, which you can find here, so check out all the offerings that will be just outside your door.
· High Cheese at Adobe Café (Sept. 14 and 20), 1919 E Passyunk Ave.
A collection of sports futilities with, possibly, a cameo by former Cubs pitcher Bob Guitierrez. Karaoke master Johnny Goodtimes is one of the stars.
First performed at Philly Fringe in 2009, Gigi and Meg are back with their hilarious sex education which includes dance, comedy and everything in between.
· Saint Joan, Betrayed at Exile Theatre’s Theatre X (Sept. 5-9, 12-14), 13th and Reed streets
Director Aaron Cromie gives an interesting insight on the betrayal of Joan of Arc at Compeigne. Masks, movements, and puppets all are included, for the group that brought 2011’s “A Paper Garden.”
· The Foundling Wheel at Hodge Podge Arts (Sept. 6-8, 13-15), 1212 South St.
· Adjacent Spaces at Shiloh Baptist Church (Sept. 14-15 and 21), 2040 Christian St.
A Leah Stein Dance Company production. The building resonates and compliments with the exhibit.
· TRAPPED at Chi Mac (Sept. 21), the Chi Movement Arts Center, 1316 South 9th St.
This athletic, edgy, and powerful work tells of an inmate who is trapped in a military prison. Make sure to jump on this date as it is only one night only.
· THREE at Chi Mac (Sept. 8), the Chi Movement Arts Center, 1316 South 9th St.
Three separate stories, first shown in Florence, Italy, the stories all contain dances (none of which are more than three minutes so our impatient human minds can stay interested.)
· Boneyards at Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel (Sept. 8, 10-12, 15 and 17), 2015 S. 4th St.
Jeffery Stanley gives this paranormal insight with a look at Laurel Hill cemetery, to a British colonial graveyard in India, to ancient Greek tomb worshipers.
And yeah, there are more than 130 other events during the festival, so if you feel like venturing out, you can.
UPDATE: There’s even more!
The 2013 Fringe Festival guide is now available, and you can access it online here. The Neighborhood Fringe listings for South Philly start on page 100, but here’s what’s up:
- Antihero at The Church of the Crucifixion (Sept. 6-9, 11-14)
- Bathtub Moby-Dick at a private residence in Wharton Heights (Sept. 4-8, 11-15 and 18-22)
- By The Slice at The Shubin Theatre (Sept. 5-8, 12-13)
- Go Long Big Softie at Torrent Collective (Sept. 6-8, 13-15, 20 and 21)
- Happy Birthday Kim Hunter at Church of the Crucifixion’s The Parish House (Sept. 18-22)
For tickets, go to http://fringearts.ticketleap.