Festival opens, brings artsy back to Philly

“In DiversCity”Dance, 90 Minutes – $15International House, 3701 Chestnut St.Prepare yourself for a night of intense
Philly flavor when Indigenous Pitch performs “In DiversCity.”

This 90-minute show isn’t your regular old stomp n’ clap routine. Indigenous Pitch is a collective of some of Philly’s fiercest and funkiest dancers from local dance companies. With experience in hip-hop, funk, modern and tap, this diverse group offers a performance that Philadelphia City Paper dubs as “muscular, acrobatic, witty choreography.” You can catch them on Sept. 5, 6 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the International House for just $15.

2. “The Fantoccini Brothers Return”Theatre, 70 Minutes – $15Mum Puppettheatre, 115 Arch St.The Mum Puppettheatre presents the Fantoccini Brothers’ return to Philly Fringe after a five-year absence, during which they took their act on the road. Now that they’re back, the brothers will serve up a PG-13 performance that VisitPA.com calls “a naughty, bawdy and hilarious puppet cabaret that takes your imagination where your mother never let you go.”

This cabaret traces humanity’s strange and sexy relationships with puppets over time, featuring pieces written by some of the world’s greatest performers as well as local favorites.

And there’s no excuse to miss out, as they’ll be performing Aug. 31 through Sept. 9 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:05 p.m. and 10:05 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:05 p.m.3. IdRatherBeHere performs “Wawapalooza”Theatre, 60 Minutes – $10The Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.Deemed “a show that anyone within
a 30-mile radius of the Ben Franklin Bridge can relate to” by the newly formed comedy team themselves, IdRatherBeHere Productions presents “Wawapalooza,” a performance that pokes fun at all of your Philly favorites, including the antics of Eagles fans, strip mall customer service and, of course, Wawa.

The show, which includes three short plays, two short films and a musical guest, can be seen at the Society Hill Playhouse in the Red Room on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.; Sept. 1 at 9 p.m.; and Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. for only $10 per ticket (and if you’re 21 or over, that includes a free drink too!).

Chrissy Reese can be reached at lilli.rot@temple.edu.

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