"A tight hourlong monologue that pairs a well-honed script with an engagingly spontaneous delivery and a nose for sharp, observational comedy. Mr. Rimalower's funny, tender reminiscence rides an infectious rainbow high."David Rooney, New York Times
"Meticulously scripted and executed, with poignant punch lines that deliver laughs, emotion and insight."Raven Snook, Time Out New York
2013 M.A.C. Award and Bistro Award-winning smash hit solo play, PATTI ISSUES, written and performed by Ben Rimalower and directed by Aaron Mark, opened at New York City's Duplex Cabaret Theatre in August 2012 and has been extended numerous times, now running through June 2013 in New York and set to play all over the world, garnering rave reviews across the board, including the New York Times where it is a "Critic's Pick."
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfortlike so many gay boys before him and afterin musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, PATTI ISSUES poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas.
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