Location, Location, Location: The Adrienne
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Location, Location, Location: The Adrienne

Posted August 19th, 2018

Are you in the market for a Fringe show? Does it have to be close to some good restaurants? Have some great theater? Great amenities? A quality school catchment?

Welcome to our new series of real estate guides to Fringe venues all around Philadelphia.

Location: The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street (Center City)

Peg! by Kylie Westerbeck at the Adrienne this Fringe!

2018 Fringe shows: Peg!, Pillow Talk, Real America, powerpoints for my friends, Quidity: Migration Patterns of Imaginary Things, a PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION (of the EFFECTS of KINESTHETIC OCULAR NEURO-PSYCHOLOGY and its POTENTIAL as an AID in the DISCOVERY of SELF), Almost Pregnant, The Arcane Mysteries of Vanderslice Manor, Close Your Legs, Honey: A New Musical, Drawn Out, FEEL, Only In Your Dreams, Song of My Self-Care, Villain

Description: Located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square area, Philadelphia’s premiere residential and business district, the Adrienne Theater is a charming yet vibrant three-story performance space. With easy access to public transportation, a parking garage across the street, a myriad of dining options in the immediate vicinity, a wealth of cultural organizations, and the PFS Roxy (movie) Theater on the block, the 2000 block of Sansom Street is the destination of choice for local nightlife.

Named for theater professional Adrienne Neye, the Adrienne has been home to dozens of Philadelphia theater companies, some of which (the Wilma Theatre, InterAct Theatre) outgrew the space including, some of which (Venture Theater, Theatre Catalyst) burned bright and went dark. It’s now the leading center for improv in the city, housing the Philly Improv Theater and ComedySportz Philadelphia.

Year built: c1900

Amenities: The Adrienne houses three theater spaces: Mainstage (c. 100 seats), Playground (c 120 seats), and Second Stage (c 55 seats). All three spaces are wheelchair accessible!

What they’re saying: “The PlayGround at the Adrienne is a great space. It’s spacious, air conditioned, has comfortable seats, and is a BYOB venue! The managers of the PlayGround, CSZ Philadelphia, are lovely and easy to work with. The space suits this show in particular because we want to make the pre-show atmosphere conducive to mingling and connecting, and the open black box configuration is perfect for that. Bring a bottle and hang out in the space before the show, enjoying music and, if you like, a massage!” Bobbi Block, Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater (FEEL)

Neighborhood features: Rittenhouse Square, where the elite meet to seat in the heat

School catchment: Greenfield Elementary School

Bedrooms: None, it’s a theater

Bathrooms: Yes, also wheelchair accessible

Price: $3,118,700 (2018 tax estimate), but also priceless!

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