Ben Rimalower: Patti Issues
Wednesday April 3 2013, 9:30pm until April 24 2013, 10:30pm
"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
Wednesdays at 9:30PM through April 24th
"Meticulously scripted and executed, with poignant punch lines that deliver laughs, emotion and insight." - Time Out New York
"Smart, poignant, and dishy as hell." - The Advocate
"I was moved. He's a very talented man and I'm so proud of him."
- Patti LuPone
“A pithy and unforgettable depiction of how a child's need for love and for a role model can get oddly channeled elsewhere when those needs aren't more directly supplied.”
- David Finkle, Huffington Post Entertainment
Written and Performed by Ben Rimalower
Directed by Aaron Mark
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!
AT THE DUPLEX
"A very fierce comedy. Both viciously funny and gently
poignant, it is a damn fine way to spend an evening." - broadwayworld.com
“As artists the most we can hope for from our heroes
is inspiration and maybe evolution. Ben Rimalower's ‘Patti Issues’
offers a powerful example of both and this bravura performance
might just make Ben a hero for a new generation of show ponies!"
-Justin Vivian Bond
“An evening of courage, clarity, and unexpected wisdom and insight: into the psychic toll of homophobia, the emotional root of diva-worship, and even the inner life of ambition and art-making.”
- Dan Fishback, The Material World
“Bitingly funny and deeply moving, easily one of the best pieces of solo performance art I have ever seen. Rimalower fits in easily among artists like Spalding Gray, Holly Hughes and Tim Miller.”
- Huffington Post Arts & Culture
"Patti Issues is more than just 90 minutes of diva worship... a
surprisingly cohesive narrative. While the sensibilities many gay men share with their favorite stage divas have been dissected countless times in popular culture, never has such an analysis been so engagingly written and cleverly presented.”
- Huffington Post Gay Voices
"A little like Disney's Space Mountain: you know it's gonna be fun, you know it's a roller coaster, but in the dark, you can't see when the heart-stopping drops come, or where your car is headed next. The delivery and structure remind me of Leslie Jordan's one-man shows, where while you are howling with laughter, a moment of pathos leaps into your path before you see it coming or can turn the wheel. Pow. Rimalower is storyteller and stage presence of equal and captivating aplomb."
- The Bilerico Project
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 comfort—like so many gay boys before him and after—in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone.
PATTI ISSUES ("Best of New York Theater, 2012" - the Advocate) marks Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for 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.
More information: benrimalower.com
Ben Rimalower: Patti Issues, directed by Aaron Mark (Random Unrelated Projects, Commentary), is performed at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street, at Seventh Avenue) on
Wednesdays at 9:30PM in March and April, except March 27th.
BEN RIMALOWER directed and produced the Off-Broadway plays Joy (Actors Playhouse, Out Magazine: "Top Ten Theatre") and The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (Daryl Roth/DR2 Theatre). He also directed Justin Sayre Is Alive And Well… Writing (Ars Nova), Project Lohan (La MaMa E.T.C.), Snoopy! starring Sutton Foster (Symphony Space), And/or (Hot Festival), Sodom the Musical (Kraine Theatre) and the all-star Night Of A Thousand Judys (Playwrights Horizons) as well as staged readings for Second Stage, The York, Dixon Place and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out New York Award) and subsequently produced Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records’ long-awaited recording, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Billboard “Heatseekers” Chart), digitally restored from archival tapes of LuPone’s legendary 1980 performances. In venues such as Joe’s Pub, San Francisco’s Plush Room and Los Angeles’ Upright Cabaret, Ben has earned the title the “Midas of Cabaret” (The Advocate) helming a slew of solo shows for artists including Alec Mapa, Cole Escola, Our Lady J, Natalie Joy Johnson, Lindsey Alley, Molly Pope, Wendy Ho, John Hill, Scott Nevins, Kate Pazakis and Lance Horne in addition to producing and hosting the Laurie Beechman Theatre's recurring variety show, Saturday Night Underground. Ben writes a blog for The Huffington Post and “The New Old Gay” for akawilliam.com. Assistant Director credits include Lonny Price’s productions of A Class Act (Manhattan Theatre Club, Broadway and Tokyo) and A Little Night Music (starring Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Zoe Caldwell) as well as the Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd. Ben studied Theatre Arts at U.C. Berkeley where he was the founding Artistic Director of BareStage (now celebrating its 16th anniversary). Follow @benrimalower on Twitter.
AARON MARK is the writer/director of three independent feature films, Random Unrelated Projects (Best Experimental Feature, NYIFF), Zbornik Developing, and most recently, Commentary. His play Failed Suicide Attempts was presented by The Blank Theatre in Hollywood as part of their Living Room Series and seven of his other plays have received readings in New York in the last four years. He directed Hedwig and the Angry Inch twice at New World Stages for BC/EFA, Space Oddity/Ziggy Stardust at the Producer's Club, and will soon premiere a series of his new plays at Barboncino in Crown Heights. He is twenty-five years old and does not have aaronmark.com because it belongs to a German gay porn star with the same name. aaronmark.net.
TICKETS: $20 online (http://pattiissues.brownpapertickets.com/) or $25 at door.
Plus two-drink minimum, per person.