Hey, theater fans, it’s week number three of the 2013 Fringe Festival, and there’s still time to take in the incredible groundswell of performing, visual and radical arts on tap in Philadelphia.
The festival, an 18-day extravaganza of progressive performing and visual arts, only runs through Sunday, September 22, so make sure to check out one of the hundreds of stupendous shows this week.
With so many performances — as many as nearly 95 in a single day — catching a Fringe Festival show in Philadelphia is as easy as choosing an artistic discipline, picking the neighborhood in which you’d like to see a show and arriving at the venue.
And remember, in addition to festival performance venues, engage with the fest nightly at the 2013 Fringe Festival Bar at Underground Arts in the Callowhill neighborhood. Bringing together Fringe Festival artists and audiences after-hours each night of the festival, the intimate bar and performance space hosts The Late Night Cabaret. Admission is free and 21+. Doors open at 9 p.m. nightly, with shows around 10 p.m. Check out the Festival Bar’s nightly schedule of entertainment online.
Tickets for all shows are available online, from the Fringe Festival box office or at performance venues starting 30 minutes prior to the show, and generally range from $10 to $30.
Read on for our picks of Fringe Festival performances and events this week.
• The Quiet Volume: September 16, 21-22. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch. Taking place during regular hours at the Free Library of Philadelphia, two audience members sit side-by-side with headphones on in The Quiet Volume, an “automatic” performance piece by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells that has astounded audiences since the launch of the festival.
• The Garden: September 16, 19-21. The Basement at Power Plant Productions. An interactive performance experience made for just four audience members at a time, Nichole Canuso Dance Company’s work The Garden takes dance and choreography to fresh places with a work inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Luis Borges’ short story The Garden of Forking Paths.
• Pay Up: September 17-22, Asian Arts Initiative. Producers of always-edgy physical theater, Philadelphia’s own Pig Iron Theatre Company collaborates with the University of the Arts to present Pay Up, an interactive theater experience that’s part circus, part laboratory experiment and part shopping experiment in which attendees pay-as-they-go to pick what plays to see.
• Leo: September 17-22, Arts Bank at The University of the Arts. Part circus arts, part theater, Leo welcomes gravity-defying acrobatics from co-creator Tobias Wegner in this whimsical production.
• The Sea Plays (Bound East for Cardiff & In the Zone): September 17-23, Tall Ship Gazela at Penn’s Landing. Actually set aboard the Tall Ship Gazela on the Delaware River, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Eugene O’Neill’s rarest and earliest plays. Action unfolds both above and below deck in this immersive theatrical experience.
• Dutch Masters: September 18-22, The Off Broad Street Theater. Azuka Theatre offers up an imaginative comedy-drama that takes a frank and deeply human look at the problem of race in America.
• The Talkback: September 18-21, Skinner Studio at Plays & Players Theatre. With the goal of being original and collaborative, The Berserker Residents take on the beloved theater tradition of the “talkback,” wherein actors and directors speak with the audience post-show.
• Out of Time: September 19-21, Painted Bride Art Center. Another international artist, Colin Dunne, brings his Riverdance experience to the stage in a contemporary Irish step dance piece, Out of Time.
• Moses(es): September 19-21, Suzanne Roberts Theatre. In a world-premiere performance, choreographer Reggie Wilson and the Fist & Heel Performance Group present a physical interpretation of the mythical and religious figure, Moses. Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain, Wilson traveled around the world to look at the migration of African people, with his takeaway expressed in this compelling evening-length work for nine virtuosic dancers.
• Alley of Nightmares: September 19-22, Mainstage at the Adrienne. Whether your nightmares involve zombie hordes or falling from buildings, they’re probably not quite as horrifying as the dreamscapes of Rod Serling or the Cryptkeepers special brand of morality – or more often mortality – tales. Philly Improv Theater offers you a classic horror nightmare on stage.
2013 Fringe Festival
When: September 5-22
Where: Multiple venues
More info: www.fringearts.com