Jawnts: Performance anthology, quickly in Mount Airy

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Jenna Horton and Annie Wilson in a dance piece that is part of the "Nice and Fresh" program presented by Moving Arts of Mount Airy.

Neighborhoods with theater and dance performances of their own are relatively few. It helps to have a lot of middle-class people who don't want to wait on a SEPTA platform or in traffic. That's why Josh McIlvain of Smokey Scout Productions brought "Nice and Fresh," a variety show of sorts, to Mount Airy.

It's housed in Moving Arts of Mount Airy, but this sort of pop-up production can be put on anywhere with a floor and room for an audience. (This site gets crowded at 25, and max is 40.) Two theater productions and two dance performances, each a quarter of an hour, each put together by a different creative team. It has the feel of a short-story anthology: If you don't like one, don't worry. Another will be along in a few minutes.

This week's "Nice and Fresh" includes a play written by McIlvain, Jesus and the Sister-in-Law. It's a one-woman play about the struggle to cope with a powerfully disliked addition to the family, one who will be around until somebody dies. Cheery holiday fare!

The other play-ette showcases two American spies doing their thing while Edward Snowden runs around the Moscow airport. The two dance performances are a send-up of hip enthusiasm for burlesque and a ballet about skull fragments. (There's only one way to find out what that means.)

Performances are at Moving Arts of Mount Airy, 6819 Greene St., at 7 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7. Tickets are $7 at the door or at fresh.brownpapertickets.com. (This isn't kids stuff.)


Have an event to include in Jawnts? jake.blumgart15@gmail.com