PHOTO CALL: Leslie Kritzer and Perez Hilton Visit Patti Issues at The Duplex

By Joseph Marzullo
14 Sep 2012

Leslie Kritzer and Perez Hilton visited the Sept. 13 performance of Patti Issues, writer-director Ben Rimalower's new solo play about his gay father, finding salvation in the world of musical theatre and, of course, divas.

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Ben Rimalower, Perez Hilton and Leslie Kritzer
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Patti Issues debuted at the Duplex Aug. 30 and sold-out its first two engagements. The original five-performance run, which was scheduled to conclude Oct. 4, has now been extended with additional shows Oct. 7 (7 PM); Oct. 14 and 21 (9:30 PM); Oct. 28 (4 PM) and Nov. 1 (9:30 PM). Performances are also scheduled for Sept. 13 and 27 (9:30 PM).

LuPone herself stopped by the Duplex to check out the sold-out Sept. 6 performance. Tickets are still available for the Sept. 13 performance at 9:30 PM. Aaron Mark directs Rimalower's 75-minute piece.



Additional theatre folks to stop by Patti Issues include Hairspray collaborators Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. "Shockingly honest and honestly shocking, Patti Issues allows you to be a Peeping Tom without the messy blot of a mug shot on your record," Shaiman said in a statement. "Bring tissues to Patti Issues! You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll pay the minimum," Wittman added.

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."

Tickets are priced $20, with a two-drink minimum. Visit theduplex.com. The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.