Ben Rimalower in Patti Issues ; drawing by Ken Fallin
Ben Rimalower's solo show Patti Issues, which premiered in August 2012 at The Duplex, has announced a seventh and final New York City extension to Aug. 15, with engagements in Scotland and Boston on the horizon.
The acclaimed work about Rimalower's lifelong love of Patti LuPone and his own relationship with his gay father, will play Provincetown, MA (July 2-4, and Aug. 4 as a benefit for the Family Equality Council); the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Watertford, CT (Aug. 3); the Flying Duck in Glasgow, Scotland (Aug. 22); and Boston's Club Cafe (Sept. 6-7). Aaron Mark directs.
Patti Issues will also play select Friday nights in the Fire Island Pines at The Blue Whale and the Pavilion through Aug. 9.
Here's how the play is billed: "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. 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."
Rimalower earned a Bistro Award for Best Solo Play for Patti Issues. He has also directed Snoopy! starring Sutton Foster; Justin Sayre Is Alive And Well…Writing; Project Lohan; Sodom the Musical; and Night Of A Thousand Judys. He also conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches.