Society Hill Playhouse is located in the heart of the Society Hill District (just 1/2 block off the "hot" South Street Corridor). This is theatre for people who don’t like theatre ... or who think they don’t. Housed in the historic David Garrick Hall.
This century-old building with its Victorian pressed tin walls and ceilings presents good, entertaining shows. No highbrow, high-falutin, artsy stuff here. Although most of the productions are new comedies or East Coast premieres, these shows are not only accessible, but they also reach out and pull you right in, sometimes literally. Shows like the long-running “Lafferty’s Wake” involve the audience; others let you sit back and enjoy the laughs.
Deen Kogan and husband, Jay, launched Society Hill Playhouse in 1960 as
Philadelphia’s “off-Broadway” theatre for contemporary American and European
playwrights. Gradually, it developed a niche
in populist comedies, and Nunsense, scheduled for six weeks, ran
for ten years. The
Red Room cabaret on the first floor seats 99 - and the
main stage located on the second floor seats 223.
Society Hill Playhouse is a 501 c3 institution, where your charitable donation is tax deductible and highly appreciated. It is also a member of the Theater Communications Group, The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and general operating support is provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.