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"THE ZEBRA SHIRT OF LONELY CHILDREN": Actor-playwright Matthew Trumbull explores his strange bonding with his cancer-stricken father.
When | Where Six performances begin Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 6 p.m., The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.

International Fringe Festival in NYC celebrates its 16th year

Downtown is girding itself for the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival, which runs through Aug. 26 in 20 venues and includes some 190 emerging theater and dance companies. Tickets for each are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Here is a tiny selection. Info: 866-468-7619, fringenyc.org -- LINDA WINER

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"HAVE I GOT A GIRL FOR YOU": Josh Mesnik shares his real-life journey as a gay musical-theater actor who runs a female escort agency.
When | Where Five performances begin Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. La MaMa, 74A E. Fourth St.

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"FINDING ELIZABETH TAYLOR": La Liz as written and performed by Elizabeth Claire Taylor.
When | Where: Five performances begin Aug. 11 at 9:30 p.m., HERE, 145 Sixth Ave.

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"THE ZEBRA SHIRT OF LONELY CHILDREN": Actor-playwright Matthew Trumbull explores his strange bonding with his cancer-stricken father.
When | Where Six performances begin Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 6 p.m., The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.

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"THE PUNDIT": John Feffer (right, with Sean Coe) satirizes power, politics and punditry in this day-in-the-life of a Washington talking head.
When | Where Six performances begin Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 8:15 p.m., HERE, 145 Sixth Ave.

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"TAIL! SPIN!": Mo Rocca and Rachel Dratch are part of this verbatim -- and undoubtedly hilarious -- re-enactment of our political sex scandals, compiled by Mario Correa of NPR.
When | Where: Five performances begin Aug. 11 at noon and Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., Kraine Theater, 85 E. Fourth St.

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"OUR LADY": James Fluhr performs in his own drama about a suicidal cross-dressing gay teen, dedicated to LGBT youth.
When | Where Five performances begin Aug. 13 at 7 p.m., Living Theater, 21 Clinton St.

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