Your Guide to Philly Theatre Week
Philly Theatre Week is launching its second annual festival in just a few days and is taking over Philadelphia with a smorgasbord of theatrical offerings from Feb. 7-17. Over the course of 10 days, you’ll have your pick of over 80 shows and events from participating artists and organizations. We’re here to give you a guide to the festival so that you can make the most of your 10-day theatre extravaganza.
TodayTix is the official ticketing partner for Philly Theatre Week, presented in partnership with Theatre Philadelphia, so tickets for all events can be found on our website. Tickets from participating shows are all free, $15, or $30, so you can indulge in as many shows as you can it into your calendar without putting a serious dent in your wallet!
The festival is packed with a variety of free events. If you’re interested in making your Philly Theatre Week more interactive, be sure to stop at the Free Library of Philadelphia for their “Hands-on History” program. In honor of the festival, the library’s theme this month is the study of the Drews and the Barrymores, two theatrical dynasties established right here in Philadelphia. Now’s your chance to feel like a star and get your hands on a Barrymore Award!
If staying in the realm of fictional drama is more your speed, Theatre in the X is presenting “The Colored Museum” at no cost. Set in a fictional museum where iconic African-American figures are put on display,”The Colored Museum” considers race and what it means to put the black identity up for public consumption. Theatre in the X has been thrilling audiences since 2013 and celebrating artists of color, so consider adding them to your list of “must-see” shows. Take a look here for a full list of Philly Theatre Week’s free events.
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With so many events to choose from, the selection process can be overwhelming. Luckily, TodayTix has already picked a few shows to highlight.Whether it’s our guide, “11 Shows To See During Philly Theatre Week” or “Get $15 To These Shows During Philly Theatre Week,” we’ve got you covered on the standouts from the festival.
Where to Eat and Drink Before and After Your Show
While you’re rushing about town to get from one show to the next, make sure you stop to refuel. As the name suggests, Quick Fixx is a great spot for fast dining but with food that is high-quality. And if you’re seeing a matinee, Quick Fixx has a great deal with their “10-Spot” lunch menu, where you can get select menu items for only $10 (cash only!).
For some New England-style eats, stop in at Oyster House for fresh sea food, and, of course, oysters. Their “Buck-A-Shuck” happy hour deal, where you can get an oyster for a dollar and $3 draft beer or a $5 punch, is the perfect pre-show appetizer.
Rex 1516 brings the comfort food of the South with a sophisticated twist. They also offer a gluten-free brunch menu – not an easy feat for American Southern cuisine! You might run into some Philly Theatre celebs at Jose Pistola’s, a favorite for many local artists. And with their pitcher deals on margaritas, giant plates of nachos, and low-key vibes, it’s easy to see the appeal. All of these restaurants are conveniently located in Center City, so you won’t have to travel far to your next location or to the nearest transit stop.
Make a Weekend of It
If you’re visiting from out of town and need a place to crash, Philadelphia has a lot of options for overnight stays. The Independent Hotel, a boutique hotel nestled the “gayborhood” of downtown Philadelphia will keep you in the middle of the action. It boasts cozy rooms with hardwood floors and chic décor, so you’ll be able to live up the festival in style even when you’re bedding down for the night.
For those of you looking for name-brand recognition in your hotels, consider the Holiday Inn at Penn’s Landing. It’s situated by FringeArts, Arden Theatre Company, and more, and you’ll be able to do some shopping in Old City in between your theatre adventures.
The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square puts you in one of Philadelphia’s most upscale neighborhoods without the upscale costs. It is one of the last of the original “Grand Dame hotels” in Philadelphia – definitely made for those who want to feel like royalty.