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Discovering FringeNYC

Maya Phillips | 8/8/2013, 10:04 a.m. | Updated on 8/8/2013, 10:04 a.m.

The New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, is coming to New York’s finest venues on Aug. 9-25 for its 17th year. With 185 shows to choose from, you can have your pick of anything from drama and comedy to dance, puppetry, solo shows, vaudeville and more. Sure, the range of choices can be a bit overwhelming, but here are a few festival picks to prepare you for one of the best events New York has to offer this summer.

COMEDY/DRAMA

“Another Evening of Awkward Romance”

Whether it’s a subway breakup or lovesick auctioneers, in this two-person comedy show, things are going to get awkward. Teatro LATEA, 107 Suffolk St.

“Baptized”

Inspired by true events, this show takes a look into the corruption and abuses of power that occur in the Southern Baptist church. Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.

“Blizzard ‘67”

Take four businessmen, put them in the Chicago blizzard of 1967 and see the drama unfold as they face big decisions and try to survive. Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette St.

“The Adventures of Boy and Girl”

Like it, share it and don’t forget to tweet it. This play, written on Facebook by teenagers, takes a look at a relationship in an age of technology. The Kraine Theater, 85 E. Fourth St.

“Clown Play”

The only thing more terrifying than a clown is a clown with a semi-automatic weapon. Clowns take over suburbia in this show of comedic proportions. The Celebration of Whimsy, 21-A Clinton St.

“The Famous Play”

Written by, directed by and starring Anthony Natoli, this narcissistic, tongue-in-cheek play is described as a “queasily circular fun house of sadomasochism.” The Kraine Theater, 85 E. Fourth St.

“Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A Graphic Novel Play”

In this show, told in the style of a comic book, a graphic novelist falls in love with a manic pixie dream girl who turns out to be more than just a character trope. The Celebration of Whimsy, 21-A Clinton St.

“Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick)”

Beatrice and Benedick are the comedic treasures of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” but what happened during the courtship of these two iconic characters? Check out this “Renaissance rom-com” to find out. Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St.

“Death and McCootie”

In this film noir-style show, detective Edgar P. McCootie faces off against the Grim Reaper himself in an attempt to escape his death. Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St.

“First Hand Woman”

This story goes through the stages of loss, heartache and healing as represented by five women. The Theater at the 14th St Y, 344 E. 14th St.

“A Future Imperfect”

Journey to the future, a time of alienation between men and women, government-dictated eugenics and a dangerous plague with this play that asks, “Can humanity save itself from itself?” The Celebration of Whimsy, 21-A Clinton St.

“I (honestly) Love You”

Relationships can be tricky, but as long you’re honest with each other, everything will work out, right? Nominated for Best Play in the Western Australian Guild Equity Awards, this play follows two people who are afflicted by a truth-telling disease as they fall in love. The Kraine Theater, 85 E. Fourth St.