STAGE VIEWS: Patti Issues Creator-Star Ben Rimalower

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26 Jan 2013

Ben Rimalower
Ben Rimalower

Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from Ben Rimalower, who wrote and stars in Patti Issues, which is currently playing a much-extended engagement at the Duplex.

What show recently impressed you?
Dan Fishback’s musical The Material World at Dixon Place. It was like Madonna meets Fiddler on the Roof by way of Paula Vogel.

What production are you most excited to see?
Pippin!

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and who would you want to star?
I want to see Hello, Dolly! revived on Broadway with Patti LuPone. I want to direct it.

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I'm taking Patti Issues all over the world and working on a new solo play, less focused on show business or my family.



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Patti Issues, the solo piece performed by writer-director Rimalower (Joy, The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero), which chronicles his relationship with his gay father and his obsession with Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, debuted at the Duplex Aug. 30, 2012. Aaron Mark directs.

Patti Issues plays Thursday nights at 7 PM through Feb. 28 and then Wednesday nights at 9:30 PM through April 24.

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."

Advance tickets for the Duplex run are priced $15, with a two-drink minimum. Visit pattiissues.brownpapertickets.com for tickets. The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.

Here's a look at the show: