5 Things to Do in Philly this Week: Discotastrophe, Porgy and Bess Debuts, Bad Boys of Dance and More
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: Tony Award-winning revival The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess makes its Philadelphia debut at the Kimmel Center tonight, with a 23-piece orchestra and a re-invigorated run. Southern-fried love triangles with a side of scandal may be at the heart of pop culture (see: True Blood), but few rival this theater classic for longevity and Gershwin-penned operatic drama. Tue., Feb 18 – Feb 23, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, $20-$100, 240 S. Broad St.
Discotastrophe: Forget the period kitsch of American Hustle costuming; don your own platforms and perms this Wednesday at Dumpsta Players‘ camp-tacular “Discotastrophe.” The show takes improv to ’70’s excess, with “guest appearances” from Andy Gibb and plenty of polyester, but rest assured your indulgence is not self-serving. A portion of the proceeds benefit Gaudenzia House, dedicated to improving quality of life for people affected by mental illness or chemical dependency. Wed., Feb. 19, 10 p.m. doors, 11 p.m. show, $1.99, Bob and Barbara’s Lounge, 1509 South St.
Bad Boys of Dance: In the space of two acts, Rasta Thomas’ hybrid dance troupe pirouettes around dance convention, combining hip-hop/pop mentality and form with balletic grace and expertise. Performing acrobatics both physically and around expectations, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys wow with seamless integration of the time-honored and the funky fresh. Finely-honed balletic skill and a new-jack attitude makes for a dance performance exhilarating even for those to whom dreams of sugar plums are a downright nightmare. Thu., Feb 20, 7:30 p.m., $20-$55, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.