Arts

Charles Busch is going to be naked.

Not literally; more like emotionally. The actor/playwright — famous for his shows and films “Psycho Beach Party” and “Die, Mommie, Die!” — often performs on screen in drag. But for his Aug. 19 cabaret show at the Rrazz Room at the Clarion Hotel in New Hope, Busch may perform out of drag. Fans will have to attend to find out. PGN chatted with Busch about his upcoming show.

Theatergoers who can’t travel to London for the National Theatre’s 25th-anniversary revival of Tony Kushner’s award-winning drama “Angels in America” are in luck: The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., will screen broadcasts of the two-part play recorded live on successive weekends.

The sixth-annual Black Star Film Festival, unspooling at various locations around the city, offers a showcase of Afro-centric films. There are a number of LGBT shorts featured in this year’s program, all of which are worthwhile.

The Lightbox Film Center is presenting a fabulous new restoration of the late Toshio Matsumoto’s 1969 underground classic, “Funeral Parade of Roses.” Long unseen in the United States, the film will screen in Philadelphia at 7 and 10 p.m. July 29. This film, gorgeously shot in black and white, mixes experimental and documentary film styles and incorporates many visual effects, including speed-up and slow-motion photography, as well as flashback/flash-forward editing to create a literally eye-popping spectacle. (Spoiler alert: The film is a queer reworking of “Oedipus Rex.”)

Locals who love to laugh have been in a longtime embrace with ComedySportz Philadelphia, the competitive improvisational sketch-comedy troupe based on Sansom Street. The troupe celebrates its 25th birthday this weekend with two anniversary performances at the Mandell Theater at Drexel University.

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