Shapiro and Crimmins on 2013 Fringe Festival’s Philly neighborhood focus

The 17th annual Fringe Festival begins next week in Philadelphia, featuring 150 theatrical productions in 2 1/2 weeks. We turn to critic Howie Shapiro for some details on changes to this year’s festival.

The 17th annual Fringe Festival begins next week in Philadelphia, featuring 150 theatrical productions in 2 1/2 weeks.

The festival comprises performances of all stripes — theater, dance, comedy, and music — in almost every conceivable venue, including a cemetary, an armory, and a bathtub. (Of course, it includes standard theater spaces as well, like the plush-seated Suzanne Roberts Theater and the Painted Bride.)

One anticipated space that will not be used is the new FringeArts home, a former industrial building on Race Street at the Delaware River waterfront. Renovations to the building could not be completed in time.

WHYY’s theater critic Howie Shapiro joined reporter Peter Crimmins to talk about some changes to this year’s festival, including a new focus on neighborhood venues.

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