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.
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
The idea was preposterous for any number of reasons: I’d barely ever written any music, let alone a musical. But Philly’s isn’t just any fringe fest. As long as you find yourself a venue and pay the very nominal entry fees, you can put on a show in the festival. Got a hankering to do a dramatic reading of the 1929 Philadelphia White Pages while dressed up like Angela Lansbury? Perfect. Feel a need to strip naked and pantomime the collected congressional testimonies of Bob Brady? Great—shows with nudity tend to do especially well in the festival.
Calendar: Aug. 26-Sept. 2