By Adam Hetrick
22 Oct 2012
Patti Issues debuted at the Duplex Aug. 30 and sold-out its first two engagements. Upcoming dates include Oct. 28 (4 PM), Nov. 1 (9:30 PM), Nov. 7 (9:30 PM); Nov. 17 (4 PM); Nov. 28 (9:30 PM); Dec. 6 (9:30 PM); Dec. 12 (9:30 PM); Dec. 21 (9:30 PM); Dec. 22 (9:30 PM); Dec. 28 (9:30 PM); and Dec. 29 (9:30 PM). Aaron Mark directs Rimalower's 75-minute piece.
LuPone herself stopped by the Duplex to check out the sold-out Sept. 6 performance. "I was moved... He's a very talented man and I'm so proud of him," she said in a statement.
Here's how it's 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 theatre, 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."
Here's a look at the show: