16 Amazing Performing Arts Shows In Philadelphia This June

A guide to the hottest upcoming dance and theater in Philly...

Summer’s heating up — and so are the performing arts in Philadelphia.

Stages are sizzling this month as theater companies wrap up their 2017/18 seasons, an international performance festival comes to town and independent artists present solo and low-budget theater and dance.

Here are a few shows you’ll want to catch this summer.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

Cristal Palace at PIFA in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Laurent Quinkal

Over 50 captivating performances and a festive street fair highlight this 11-day festival of fabulous performance art.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

When:Through Sunday, June 10
Where:Various locations including Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Big Red Sun

This world-premiere musical looks at the tumultuous post-World War II decades through the lens of one American family and the musical styles of the changing times.

Big Red Sun

When:Through Sunday, June 17 (select dates)
Where:Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Cost:$15-$40

www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org

Fun Home

Fun Home at Arden Theatre CompanyPhoto courtesy Arden Theatre Company

Best known for her feminist-conscious “Bechdel test” for movies, Alison Bechdel also wrote the graphic novel adapted into this Tony-winning musical.

Fun Home

When:Through Sunday, June 24 (select dates)
Where:Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$15-$52

www.ardentheatre.org

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Photo courtesy Lantern Theatre Company

Love, infidelity and fine cuisine are on the menu in this farcical French comedy that concludes Lantern Theatre Company’s latest season.

Don’t Dress for Dinner

When:Through Sunday, June 24 (select dates)
Where:Lantern Theater Company, 923 Ludlow Street
Cost:$26-$45

www.lanterntheater.org

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia at the Walnut Street TheatrePhoto courtesy Walnut Street Theatre

The infectious songs of Swedish pop stars ABBA form the soundtrack to one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Mamma Mia!

When:Through Sunday, July 22 (select dates)
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$20-$97

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

The Caregivers

The Caregivers at Pig Iron Theatre CompanyPhoto by John Chandler Hawthorne

A new play by Philadelphia’s pioneer of devised theater looks at hospice and home health care with professional actors and actual caregivers.

The Caregivers

When:June 1-3
Where:Pig Iron Theatre Company, 1417 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.pigiron.org

June-A-Palooza

InterAct Theatre Company hosts a month of readings by Philadelphia playwrights and companies.

June-A-Palooza

When:June 1-30 (select dates)
Where:InterAct Theatre Company, 302 S. Hicks Street
Cost:Varies by event; most events are free

www.interacttheatre.org

Red Bike

This new play by Caridad Svich takes a ride through life in small-town America through the eyes of its 11-year-old protagonist.

Red Bike

When:June 6-24 (select dates)
Where:Caplan Studio Theater, 211 S. Broad Street
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.simpaticotheatre.org

Maria Marten, or, The Murder in the Red Barn

Photo by Danielkontzdesign

Masters of classics Philadelphia Artists Collective present a highly melodramatic staging of a Victorian true crime story.

Maria Marten, or, The Murder in the Red Barn

When:June 6-24
Where:Philadelphia Artists Collective, 302 S. Hicks Street
Cost:$10-$25

www.philartistscollective.org

Bryan Koulman Dance Company Spring Performance 2018

Dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and musicians from Philadelphia Opera Orchestra bring their talents to new choreography by Bryan Koulman.

Bryan Koulman Dance Company Spring Performance 2018

When:June 7-9
Where:Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street
Cost:$15-$22

www.performancegarage.org

Walt Fit

Iconic American poet Walt Whitman really did publish a health-and-fitness book for men, a peculiarity of history which performer Jimmy Gzelak revisits in a queer dance party.

Walt Fit

When:June 14-15
Where: Headlong Studios, 1170 S. Broad Street
Cost:$10

www.jimmygrzelak.com

People are Strange and Other Revelations

Tour the galleries of a Bella Vista art institution with a multi-room performance of four hilarious and peculiar solo plays.

People are Strange and Other Revelations

When:June 14-16
Where:Automatic Arts, 704 Catharine Street
Cost:$10

www.automaticartsco.com

Aladdin

Broadway Philadelphia: AladdinAladdin | Photo by Deen van Meer

A live-action musical of the much-loved Disney films visits the Academy of Music as part of a national Broadway tour.

Aladdin

When:June 14-July 1 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$75-$169

www.kimmelcenter.org

I Was Confused from the Beginning

The annual SoLow Fest presents independent theater from up-and-coming creators, like this one-night show about life and love.

I Was Confused from the Beginning

When:Friday, June 15
Where:Jenson Titus Lavallee, 1320 Chancellor Street
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.solowfest.com

Sex Talk

Part cabaret, part sex education spoof, this reprise of a humorous solo show tells you everything you were afraid to ask.

Sex Talk

When:Saturday, June 23
Where:Katherine Perry, 704 Catharine Street
Cost:$5

www.sextalktheshow.com

Gala: Group Motion 50 Years

Photo courtesy Group Motion

Formed in the height of the counterculture 1960s, Group Motion celebrates its 50th anniversary with a revue of its contemporary choreography and a signature dance workshop.

Gala: Group Motion 50 Years

When:June 30-July 1
Where:Group Motion, 1515 Brandywine Street
Cost:$50

www.groupmotion.org

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