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Beautiful Day in Your Neighborhood Fringe: Center City

Posted September 21st, 2013

batboyThe final weekend of the 2013 Fringe Festival is here. Is your energy up? Because in each neighborhood, the fest is still going strong. Here’s what’s going on in Center City.

When I was in tenth grade, we could bring in current news stories to my global studies class to get extra credit. One day, when our teacher asked if we had anything to contribute, my friend Scott held up the Weekly World News and said, “Ms. Taylor, Bat Boy escaped!” Catch up on Bat Boy’s saga with Bat Boy: The Musical at SkyBox at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street, today at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, tomorrow at 3:00 pm. $20.

Talkbacking to the talkback, The Berserker Residents offers The Talkback at Skinner Studio at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, closing tonight at 8:00 pm. $15.

Unstuck Theater’s XY Scheherazade sounds like one of the most interesting Neighborhood Fringe productions this year. I’m hoping to catch one of the last four performances at Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Place, tonight at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm, and tomorrow at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. $15.

Azuka’s Dutch Masters completes its run at the Off Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom Street, tonight at 8:00 pm and tomorrow at 2:00 pm, $20-$25. But wait! It’s been getting solid attention, and has been extended through September 29.

Idiopathic Riculopathy Consortium crushes Franz Kafka’s The Castle at 2nd Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street, tonight at 7:30 pm and tomorrow at 2:30 pm.

Philly Improv Theater’s Alley of Nightmares offers sketch comedy based on classic horror at Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street. Tonight at 10:30 pm, tomorrow at 5 pm. $12-$15.

PHIT also offers up Study Hall, where comedians twist a Drexel science prof’s lecture in to something ribald. Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street. Tonight and tomorrow, 7:00 pm both nights, $12-$15.

PHIT again! The Party offers an improv party composed of awkward social situations offered by you the audience. Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street. Tonight at 9:00 pm, tomorrow at 3:00 pm. $15.

basementBlood! Saws! Plastic sheets! Gunnar Montana offers the last trip to his BASEMENT at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street. Tonight only, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

Consciousness! Introspection! Introspective Movement project dances up Conscious Thoughts In Action at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street. Tomorrow only, 7:30 pm, $10-15.

Poor Richard’s Opera promises that soap opera will meet live opera in its production of The Soapranos at Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce Street. Tonight only, 7:30 pm. $20.

Kaleid Theatre examines how our obsession with seeing the world through our phone screens writes itself back onto us in Glow, at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, closes tonight at 8:00 pm. $15.

EgoPo’s A Doll’s House winds down its run at The PlayGround at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street. Today at 5:00 and 8:00 pm; tomorrow at 2:00 pm. $20-$25.

BrainSpunk Theater insists that we all have monsters under the bed. Especially if you’re Lucinda. Lucinda’s Bed runs tonight at 8:00 pm and tomorrow at 2:00 pm at the Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, 825 Walnut Street. $25.

–Nicholas Gilewicz