Arts & Culture

Sharon McNight is insanely talented and has so much LGBT cred, it’s daunting. After making her Broadway debut in 1989 in “Starmites” (as Diva, no less), the singer, actor, comedy writer and scholar (the latter skill set developed at City College of San Francisco and Yale University) performed leading roles in touring productions of “Nunsense” and “Hello, Dolly!” She has been caricatured by Al Hirschfeld, was written about in Randy Shilt’s book “And The Band Played On” and has been an honorary chair of the San Francisco AIDS Emergency Fund and as grand marshal of San Francisco’s Pride parade.

Another year and another comedian is taking to the stage at Philly Pride to bring mirth and merriment to an environment that isn’t the ideal for standup comedy. But if you’re out comedian, actor and self-described badass Sandra Valls, you rise to the occasion with assured grace and confidence.

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 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.

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