Faces of the Fringe

The 19th annual Fringe Festival kicks off tonight and will run through September 19th with over 100 performances from international theater troupes and local art-scene movers and shakers alike. If that sounds a little overwhelming, you’re totally right. We take a stab at making your Fringe decision-making a little easier with a guide to the “curated shows” (the folks—many from outside Philly—who are getting paid to perform) and the “independents” (intrepid Philly artists who sign up to take part on their own dime.) Check out those guides here and here, respectively.

First, though, get to know some of our favorite local players at this year’s festival, and find out where you can see them performing over the next few weeks. Be sure to get your tickets fast. We’re not the only ones who love them.



9 Must-See Independent Shows at the Fringe Festival

Cast of Renegade Company's Damned Dirty Apes!

Cast of Renegade Company’s Damned Dirty Apes!.

As usual, there’s way too much to see at this year’s 19th iteration of the Fringe Festival, with 143 different events split between the “curated” shows, a.k.a. the performers who are invited and paid for by the festival, and the “independents,” a.k.a. the come-one-come-alls, which include everything from a comedy hypnosis show to stuff you should actually see. Today, we’re focusing on the latter to bring you our 9 must-see independent shows. (Click the show titles for ticket links.)

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10 Must-See Curated Shows at the 2015 Fringe Festival

The Cast of A Doll's House. | Photo by Josh Mcilvain

The Cast of A Doll’s House. | Photo by Josh Mcilvain

As usual, there’s way too much to see at this year’s 19th iteration of the Fringe Festival, with 143 different events split between the “curated” shows, a.k.a. the performers who are invited and paid for by the festival, and the “independents,” a.k.a. the come-one-come-alls, which include everything from a comedy hypnosis show (ugh) to stuff you should actually see. Today, we’re focusing on the curated shows to bring you our 10 must-sees. (Click the shows’ title for ticket links.)

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25 Gay Things to Do in Philly This September

Madonna is headed to the City of Brotherly Love this month. Photo via Shutterstock.

Madonna is headed to the City of Brotherly Love this month. Photo via Shutterstock.

The Pope who? There’s a lot more going on in Philadelphia this September besides a visit from the Vatican. We rounded up 25 LGBT events, shows, and minglers that will keep you busy during back to school season.

Faced with Discrimination Photobooth: Equality Pennsylvania is teaming up with the William Way Community Center for this free event where guests can take a picture and describe why discrimination is a problem that isn’t just theoretical. Thursday, September 3rd, 11 am, free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

Sharon Needles: The RuPaul icon “with the look of a cover model and the soul of a shoe” will be at Kung Fu Necktie for a one-nigh only show, featuring the Haus of Ham and The Homophones. Thursday, September 3rd, 7 pm, $20-50, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street

FringeArts Festival 2015: There’s so many queer performances at this year’s FringeArts Fest that we’d be here all day if we listed all of them: everything from You Are the Hero to Not For Profit to Growing Into My Beard. In short, there’s something for everyone. Opens Thursday, September 3rd, various times, prices, and locations
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Queer at FringeArts Fest: Not For Profit

The Wilma Theatre Lobby

The Wilma Theatre Lobby

Each day this week, G Philly will be highlighting a different LGBTQ-themed show that is featured at this year’s FringeArts Festival. Get to know the artists who are bringing their works to the festival, and learn about what makes their productions unique.

The lobby of Broad Street’s Wilma Theatre (265 South Broad Street) will be transformed into an immersive theater experience as theatrical troupe Ferdinand presents an interesting take on what it means to be a performing artist during this year’s FringeArts Festival. Read more »

Queer at FringeArts Fest: The Captive

The Captive

Each day this week, G Philly will be highlighting a different LGBTQ-themed show that is featured at this year’s FringeArts Festival. Get to know the artists who are bringing their works to the festival, and learn about what makes their productions unique.

It’s a play that was considered such a scandal during a 1926 premiere that the entire cast was arrested for indecency. Now, the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective is bringing The Captive to this year’s FringeArts Festival via the Physick House at 321 South 4th Street. Read more »

Queer at FringeArts Fest: Growing Into My Beard

Bay Bryan

Bay Bryan

Each day this week, G Philly will be highlighting a different LGBTQ-themed show that is featured at this year’s FringeArts Festival. Get to know the artists who are bringing their works to the festival, and learn about what makes their productions unique.

Bay Bryan is a rather cute Scottish-trained singer-songwriter who is bringing his queer take on coming out as “ginger” to Philly during the upcoming FringeArts Festival. And if that’s not intriguing enough, the performer is giving his show, titled Growing Into My Beard, a mini-tour of sorts around the city, playing at some very familiar gay venues. Read more »

Queer at FringeArts Fest: The Pop Musical Diary of a Gay Man

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Each day this week, G Philly will be highlighting a different LGBTQ-themed show that is featured at this year’s FringeArts Festival. Get to know the artists who are bringing their works to the festival, and learn about what makes their productions unique.

I’m generally not a huge fan of the jukebox musical (think along the lines of Mamma Mia!), but at this year’s fringe, a gay writer and director is taking the concept and giving it a queer twist. Read more »

FringeArts Scratch Night On August 24 Is Pretty Darn Queer

Gunnar Montana in "Purgatory."

Gunnar Montana in “Purgatory.”

There’s always a ton of LGBT-themed offerings at the annual FringeArts Festival, and this Monday, August 24th, a selection of some of the festival’s queerest acts can be previewed during their Scratch Night series, which will show works-in-progress that will be featured at the upcoming performing arts extravaganza. Read more »

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