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Since 2003, Tribe of Fools has been Philly’s most breathlessly athletic and kinetic assayer of incendiary theater. The troupe has tackled tales of sexual identity, power dynamics, gender position, neighborhood politics and family. Going beyond movement and dance into karate and aerobics as an illustrative (often-violent) tool to make its radical point, the group — led by artistic director and board vice chair Terry Brennan — has touched on everything from questions of machismo in South Philadelphia (2011’s “Heavy Metal Dance Fag”) to gay Mummers (2014’s “Two Street”), all for FringeArts. Now with gay director Jack Tamburri, Brennan tackles his first one-man Tribe show and first non-Fringe gig in “School Play.”

A few years ago, nobody wanted to make R-rated comedies, much less an R-rated comedy aimed a female demographic. That is, until “The Hangover” proved that R-rated comedies could still be blockbusters, and “Bridesmaids” proved that women could blow up the box office for an R-rated comedy too. So this summer, the seeds planted by those two films are coming to full bloom with “Rough Night,” which beats the upcoming “Girls Trip” starring Queen Latifah to the summer-movie punch.

The handsomely mounted period piece “A Quiet Passion,” opening May 12 at the Ritz at the Bourse, is gay filmmaker Terence Davies’ gorgeously lit biopic of poet Emily Dickinson.

The film chronicles Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon) returning home to Amherst where she tells her father (Keith Carradine) that she wants to write and publish poetry. Davies, who penned the screenplay, concentrates on aspects of Dickinson’s character, from her efforts to write to her friendship with Vryling Buffam (a scene-stealing Catherine Bailey) to her arguments with her brother Austin (Duncan Duff) over his extramarital affair and her prolonged illness.

The 12th-annual HUMP! Festival, created and curated by out advice columnist and activist Dan Savage, is on the road again, coming to Philadelphia May 12-13. Each year the festival presents an evening of homegrown amateur short porn films, which feature a wide range of body sizes, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks and fetishes.

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