Arts & Culture

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 DRAG DAYS OF SUMMER: Drag performer Valentina from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” comes to Philly for an evening of entertainment featuring Mimi Imfurst, ZsaZsa St. James, Draya Dream and more 7-10 p.m. June 17 at Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. For more information, call 215-735-5772.

SWEAT AND SEQUINS: The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret starts off the summer season with a drag-cabaret bang with a show featuring special guests Molly Pope and Ernest Stuart 8 p.m. June 12 at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. For more information or tickets, call 215-413-1318.

Simpatico Theatre charges into spring and summer with the Philadelphia premiere of “HIR,” through June 25 at The Drake.

The dark comedy/drama written by out playwright Taylor Mac is about a woman, Paige, who is forging a new path for herself and her children. She breaks free from her abusive husband as one of her sons is dealing with being discharged from active duty and the other is in the process of transitioning gender. 

Broadway Philadelphia is bringing Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” to town next week at Forrest Theatre.

Based on the best-selling and critically lauded graphic memoir by cartoonist Alison Bechdel (“Dykes to Watch Out For”), “Fun Home” is centered on three different stages of the author’s life. The protagonist relives and tries to unravel the layers of her strained relationship with her late father, who was emotionally distant, sometimes abusive and secretly closeted.

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