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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
“I Am a Moon”
This lyrical play, inspired by the life of Japanese porn star Ai Iijima, explores the way Eastern and Western cultures “construct beauty and sexuality through shame.” Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.
Forget Lollapalooza and Coachella and check out this rock concert of fake bands that makes fun of all of your favorite genres of popular music. SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St.
This musical explores the life of the great abolitionist Sojourner Truth. The lyrical score even contains many of Truth’s own words. Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place.
“Cowboys Don’t Sing: A Western Musical”
In this western musical, a cowboy encounters romance, perils and “The Racist Song.” Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place.
This isn’t your normal trip to the grocery store. Faced with a cursed supermarket, an evil puppet and other odd obstacles, a new trainee must try to save the day. Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.
“A Fallopian Fairy Tale”
This isn’t quite Disney princess material, but this solo show takes a shameless look at femininity and sexuality. CSV Kabayitos, 107 Suffolk St.
In this one-man multimedia show, Kilusan Bautista explores race in America through the lens of his personal experience (his relationships with his family and friends) and the wider context (the history of Filipino people and the growth of hip-hop culture). The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St.
This one-woman show recounts a woman’s experience with sexual dysfunction. Along the way, she encounters a crazy hypnotist, a Tantric mistress, a sexpert, a lascivious rabbi and more. Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E. Seventh St.
“Not Another Teen Solo Show”
High school just isn’t like it is in the movies. This show, which combines storytelling and sketch videos, tells the tale of a Indian girl in Indiana who turns to teen movies to try and figure out how to conquer the perils of high school. The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.
“Sarazad and the Monster-King”
This play, which is a new twist on “The 1,001 Arabian Nights,” tells the story of a shy 9-year-old who loves books and stories. When she is bullied at school, she meets the Monster-King, and everything changes. Kids will be guided through tales of pirates, detectives and robots while learning the power of friendship, strength and imagination. The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St.
“The Young Olympians and the Most Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever”
Kids can dive into the tales of Greek mythology with this fun musical, which tells of the “amazingly awesome” adventures of young Hercules, Perseus, Jason and Andromeda. The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St.
For even more info, visit www.fringenyc.org.