Patti Issues, starring Ben Rimalower
PATTI ISSUES hailed as "ecstatically vivid" by The New York Times and praised for its "wit, feeling and conviction" by Time Out New York recently concluded its triumphant 14-month run in New York and has also played to packed houses in Boston, Berlin, Glasgow, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Berkeley, Baltimore, Provincetown and the Fire Island Pines, as well as official selection in the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's prestigious Summer Cabaret & Performance Conference, in addition to performances aboard RSVP Vacations' "Divina" cruise to the Caribbean. Upcoming engagements include Miami, London, and Australia. There is also a new production of PATTI ISSUES being presented by the Richmond Triangle Players in Virginia in March.
Since PATTI ISSUES opened in August 2012, it has become a must-see show around the world, garnering great word-of-mouth from attendees such as Tony Kushner, Alan Cumming, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Kors, Charles Busch, Billy Eichner, Justin Vivian Bond, Perez Hilton and Ms. LuPone herself ("The show's fantastic," she said. "It's really wonderful. I was moved.") Included as "Best New York Theater of 2012," The Advocate called the show "smart, poignant and dishy as hell," while it was dubbed "spellbinding" by The Village Voice and "pithy and unforgettable" by The Huffington Post. PATTI ISSUES received a special Bistro Award for solo play and won the M.A.C. Award for "Male Debut.""PATTI ISSUES" is directed by Aaron Mark (Another Medea with Tom Hewitt).
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. PATTI ISSUES marks Rimalower's much heralded debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and writing for Playbill and the Huffington Post). 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.
Ben Rimalower describes meeting Patti LuPone as Lonny Price's Assistant Director
"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
"Endearing, drolly written and performed with heaps of charisma."
- The New Yorker
"Meticulously scripted and executed, with poignant punch lines that deliver laughs, emotion and insight."
-Raven Snook, Time Out New York
"Heartfelt and cleverly constructed" Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe
"Spellbinding. One of the best (and now longestrunning) offerings of the year."
- David Finkle, Village Voice
"Smart, poignant, and dishy as hell."
-Brandon Voss, The Advocate
"A very fierce comedy. Both viciously funny and gently poignant, it is
a damn fine way to spend an evening."
- Jena Tesse Fox, Broadwayworld
"Brilliantly brash and funny."
- Instinct Magazine
The Cabaret South Beach (View)
233 12th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|