Stand Back, Los Angeles: Ben Rimalower's Patti Issues Will Make West Coast Debut
By Adam Hetrick
Patti Issues, the solo piece by writer-director Ben Rimalower, which chronicles his relationship with his gay father and his obsession with Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, will play a one-night-only engagement Nov. 25 at L.A.'s Rockwell Table & Stage.
Patti Issues debuted at New York City's Duplex Aug. 30 and recently extended for a third time. Rimalower will perform Patti Issues at 8 PM at Rockwell Table & Stage for Los Angeles audiences.
Upcoming New York dates include 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."
Tickets are priced $20, plus a two-drink minimum. Click here for tickets to the Los Angeles engagement. Rockwell Table & Stage is located at 1714 N. Vermont.
Advance tickets for the Duplex run are priced $15, with a two-drink minimum. Visit theduplex.com. The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.
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