By Adam Hetrick
30 Jan 2014
Scott Stoney stages the three-act piece that stars Jamison Stern (By Jeeves, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Arnold. Performances will continue through Feb. 16 in Dayton, OH.
Stern is joined by Jamie Cordes as Ed, Patricia Linhart as Mrs. Beckoff and Lady Blues, Lisa Ann Goldsmith as Laurel, Jon Hacker as Alan and Philip Thomas Stock as David.
Fierstein's work, which premiered Off-Off-Broadway at La MaMa ETC in 1978 and later went on to win the 1983 Tony Award for Best Play, is described in the following way: "Poignant and filled with witty, sharp humor, Fierstein's deeply personal story of self-discovery redefined an era in gay America. What begins as a chance encounter in a New York nightclub leads drag-queen Arnold Beckoff in a hilarious, yet touching, pursuit of love, happiness and a life of which he can be proud. From a failed affair with a reluctant lover, to a committed relationship with a young model and the promise of a stable family, Arnold's struggle for acceptance meets its greatest challenge in his intolerant mother."
"Torch Song was written in a time before AIDS, before the debate over Marriage Equality," Human Race producing artistic director Kevin Moore said in a statement. "Revisiting this amazing script was not a political choice, it was a 'human' choice. This story speaks volumes about our individual struggles for love and acceptance – and it applies to any era. By setting the play in its original time period—the late 1970s to early 1980s—we are given a chance to see both how far we have come…and not come."
For tickets phone (937) 228-3630 or visit humanracetheatre.org.