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.)