Philly Fringe Arts Festival, September 7-23, 2017 Sep 5, 2017
by: David Boorman,
Philadelphia, PA -
Come out to see this year’s Fringe Festival of theater and performance art; there are hundreds to choose from. Below are 19 shows with gay characters or content, or just of potential interest to the LGBT community, sorted by genre. It’s Fringe, so some shows are in smaller venues outside of Center City; put on your adventure hat and go explore! Plus, check out the main site for other shows too. In the lefthand column, you can filter by genre, date, neighborhood, or “features” like free, dark, outdoors, live music, and yes, LGBT. There’s something for everyone.
Theater – Gay characters
- Last Ditch Playlist, Sept. 12, 13, 15. Brad Baron.
Memories of a rocky gay romance dance through his head like a playlist.
- Doppelbanger, Sept. 21-23. Nick Jonczak.
Do I want to be him, or do I want to be with him? Physical theater.
- Fishtown: A Hipster Noir, Sept. 8-11, 14-18, 21-23, Tribe of Fools
A private eye investigates an app allowing you to live out your wildest fantasy, at a cost.
- Kink Haüs Sept. 5-10, 13-18, 20-24, Gunnar Montana
Dance. Fantasy, fetish and carnal desire are all in fashion.
- …strand… Sept. 7-10, 13-17, 20-23, Brian Sander’s JUNK
Dance. Self-guided outdoor adventure through the urban wilds with this sexy dance troupe.
Theater – Drag & Transgender
- Joan Crawford in Her Own Words Sept. 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, JCProductions
Comedy/drama dishing on Hollywood, motherhood and famous feuds.
- A List of Common Misconceptions Sept. 13, 15, 17. SEXx Ineractive & Polyglamorous Comedy.
After-school sex education parody. Drag, burlesque, live music, and muppets.
- Aunty Ben Sept. 15-18. ReNew Theatre Company
Story of a 9-year-old girl and her drag queen uncle.
- Perspectives Sept. 22-24, AIM Academy Drama
Perspectives on body shaming, gender identity, anxiety, online personas, loss and ADHD.
- Art of the Heel Sept. 8, 16, & 23, Cookie Diorio
Drag cabaret for a cause, or philanthropic frivolity! 3 beneficiaries.
- Get Pegged Cabaret Fri. Sept. 15, John Jarboe & Dieter Rita Scholl
Drag cabaret with lead of Bearded Ladies Cabaret and a visiting German actor.
- Pride Parade! Sept. 8-10, 16-17. Wesley Flash
Interactive walking tour of LGBT history with dance, singing and chants.
- Andean Mountains Sept. 7-9, 14-15. Carlos Roa
A displaced Columbian* bear explores personal geography and cultural loss.
Theater – Not strictly gay, but…
- The Groom’s a Fag, the Bride’s a Cunt, the Best Man’s a Whore, and the Maiden of Honor (Just) Hung Herself in the Closet Sept. 8-9, 14-16, 20-22, On the Rocks.
Comedy about glamping, hookers, the Easter Bunny, cocaine, Emma Stone and more.
Lesbian – Dance & Music
- Life Lines? Sept. 6-9. Tangle Movement Arts
Seven women perform in an acrobatic circus theater show.