Location, Location, Location: Panorama Philly
Location: Panorama Philly
Neighborhood: Southwest Philly
Description: A converted warehouse space, Panorama Philly (not to be confused with the Old City restaurant) offers a stripped down 2,100-square-foot theater and rehearsal space, easily accommodating over 100 patrons. For the 2018 Fringe Festival, the space has become something of a Fringe hub, with five shows sharing the space and presenting successive shows on many days.
Year built: 1930
2018 Fringe shows: Literary Creatures (“spontaneous bursts of sound, poetry, and movement encouraging the audience to explore playfulness as vulnerability”), All 100 Fires (“At a guerrilla base camp, a retired clockmaker weighs who needs to be purged from the ranks”), NIGHTMARE FUEL (“dark and demented…. what the Fringe is all about.” The Wee Review), Pestilence: WOW! (“Part reality television, part psychedelic fever dream, this is a play about humans and the way we deal with real, actual tragedy: totally inadequately, and like assholes.”), The Presented (“a fun and hilarious 50-minute show that will make you never want to pursue a career in the arts ever again”).
What they’re saying: “Panorama is a great venue that has a really underground, off the beaten track vibe. It’s my favorite kind of place to make art. I am also a big fan of the recently installed air conditioners.” Savannah Reich, Pestilence: WOW!
Neighborhood features: Check out the historic Bartram’s Gardens, an 18th-century estate on the banks of the Schuylkill River, formerly home to botanist John Bartram and the oldest extant botanic garden in the United States.