12 Terrific Performing Arts Shows In Philly This August

Your guide to Philadelphia theater and dance this month...

Summer wouldn’t be summer without free performances in local parks.

Theater, dance, and dramatic opera all get alfresco productions in Philadelphia this month.

Looking for a more climate-controlled performance? Performing arts shows go down at venues across the region, including new and classic plays and original dance choreography.

Read on for a full list of unmissable performing arts this August.

FIGMAGO Alive

Visual artist Meg Saligman and beloved Philly dance company Brian Sanders' JUNK take an imaginative trip through a mural in a new show this summer and fall.

FIGMAGO Alive

When:Fridays to Sundays, through fall 2018
Where:Meg Saligman Studios, 829 Bainbridge Street
Cost:$38

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This Is Our Youth

Roux Theatre Company launches with the seminal play about three disaffected teenagers by the writer of Manchester by the Sea, Gangs of New York, and Lobby Hero.

This Is Our Youth

When:August 2-4
Where:Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Cost:$20

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Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival Motherhood Reading Series

Philadelphia Women's Theatre FestivalPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival

The 4th annual Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival presents a series of new plays by mothers about motherhood.

Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival Motherhood Reading Series

When:August 2-5
Where:Music Theatre Philly, 262 S. 12th Street
Cost:$10

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The King Who Wanted to Clean the Moon

A children's musical about a female king's quest to clean a dirty moon headlines this year's Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival.

The King Who Wanted to Clean the Moon

When:August 3-5
Where:Music Theatre Philly, 262 S. 12th Street
Cost:$10-$15; free, children under 5

www.phillywomenstheatrefest.org

Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble

Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy continues its series of free outdoor performances with a presentation of dance, including work by a former Pennsylvania Ballet dancer and local choreographic legend Faye B. Snow.

Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble

When:Saturday, August 4
Where:Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue
Cost:Free

www.creativephl.org

Faust

The cautionary tale of one man's pact with the devil hits the high notes in this dramatic opera, part of Delaware Valley Opera Company's summer festival.

Faust

When:August 4, 8 & 12
Where:Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock Street
Cost:$25

www.dvopera.org

Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Photo courtesy The Dinner Detective

Solve a crime and get a delicious four-course dinner with The Dinner Detective's ongoing adult murder-mystery show.

Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show

When:August 4 - October 27 (select dates)
Where:DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, 237 S. Broad Street
Cost:$62-$82

www.thedinnerdetective.com

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Photo courtesy Hedgerow Theatre Company

A zany interpretation of the famous Sherlock Holmes adventure.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

When:August 9-26 (select dates)
Where:Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Road, Media
Cost:$20-$37

www.hedgerowtheatre.org

Loculus//Wotring//Seethaler

Photo by Jim Coleman

Acts from Massachusetts, California and New York join local choreographer Kate Seethaler for an enticing evening of original dance.

Loculus//Wotring//Seethaler

When:Tuesday, August 14, 8-10 p.m.
Where:Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Cost:Free (donations welcome)

www.mascherdance.org

Pygmalion

Photo courtesy Circle Performing Arts Alliance

The Circle of Hope community stages George Bernard Shaw's classic comedy of class.

Pygmalion

When:August 17-25 (select dates)
Where:Circle of Hope, 2212 South Broad Street
Cost:$10

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