Every Fringe has its benefits. The New York International Fringe Festival, North America's largest multi-arts festival, takes over the downtown Manhattan theater scene today through August 24 in its 18th year. Which of the 205 FringeNYC shows from 17 states and 13 countries are worth seeing? Take a peek at 20 of the most promising performances featuring LGBT characters and themes.
Fantasies meet reality in Kim Ehly's play about a spirited young daydreamer who, after coming out as a lesbian and alienating her adoptive family, searches for love and a place to call home.
Jack Herholdt's adaptation of a Euripides classic puts a modern twist on the gruesome rivalry between the god Dionysus and mortal king Pentheus.
Behind Closed Doors
Revolution erupts in Peter Berube and Aaron Beaumont's musical when an Orwellian government tries to shut down an underground burlesque brothel full of second-class citizens.
The Bloodline of Shadrick Grace
An orphaned boy grows up to become a bootlegger in Maya Contreras's boozy Southern tale, which also includes a couple of lesbian nuns.
Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions
Prepare for the Glamageddon! A demonic gay rock star tries to corrupt the Messiah, a singer spreading love as an American Icon contestant, in Erik Ransom's spin on the Book of Revelation.