PW’s Picks for Live Arts & Philly Fringe

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Wawapalooza 5: Under Destruction

After four straight sold-out Fringe shows, the comedy film and theater production company IdRatherBeHere is returning to unleash its fifth Wawapalooza installment. Described by director Bonnie Quick as “the Portlandia of Philadelphia,” the 75-minute show includes 10 short sketches and three short films. As always, the comedy team will highlight everyday things folks here in the Philly region can relate to, then proceed to poke fun at them. On the long list of inane topics they’ll be tacking this year: weird old men in laundromats, atheism, lame bachelor parties, the Apple store and crazy, new-age parents. IdRatherBeHere was formed by a group of childhood friends near a Wawa in South Jersey back in 2006. Now nine members strong, the group of writers, actors and filmmakers has performed at venues across the city to rave reviews. For those of you dying to know just how bad “Philly Fan Tourrette’s Syndrome” can get, they’re going to show you. (N.F.)

Sept. 2-4, 9-10, 16-17, 8pm. $15. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.

Fresh Laughs

The Philly Improv Theater will be unveiling its two newest house teams to Fringe audiences: Hey Rube and ZaoGao. Directed by improv vets Kristen Schier and Matt Holmes, the nine-member teams include some new faces in the local scene as well as a few familiar ones like Aaron Hertzog, host of the monthly stand-up show Hey Everybody! and last year’s runner-up in Helium’s Philly’s Phunniest Person Competition and Bob Thompson, one-half of the sketch duo The Feeko Brothers, the sick minds behind Philly’s 2010 ‘Dirtiest Sketch.’ All four will be performing throughout the festival, each guaranteeing a one-of-a-kind, piss-your-pants performance. (N.F.)

Sept. 2-3, 8, 11, 17. Various times. $15. The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

2011 Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe

All shows: 215.413.1318. livearts-fringe.org

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1. The Dressing Room said... on Sep 5, 2011 at 08:02AM

“The Dressing Room by Green Light Arts - a multidisciplinary piece all about women in their dressing rooms - sold out first weekend and is the hottest show in the Fringe. We loved it. And the Plastic Club is the coolest place to see a show - and the best location - right next to the Tavern On Camac!”

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