Read Reviews for Off-Broadway Revival of Torch Song

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Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning play returns to the New York stage starring Michael Urie.
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Mercedes Ruehl and Michael Urie Joan Marcus

Second Stage Theatre’s 35th anniversary production of Torch Song Trilogy—now simply named Torch Song—celebrated its official opening October 19. Performances of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-winning play began Off-Broadway September 26 with direction by Moisés Kaufman and Michael Urie in the starring role.

After an acclaimed Off-Broadway debut, Torch Song Trilogy opened on Broadway in June 1982 and played an award-winning three-year engagement at the Little Theatre (now the Helen Hayes Theatre). Fierstein played the lead role of Arnold Beckoff, a gay drag performer in a tempestuous relationship with his bisexual, closeted lover.

In this new production, Urie stars as Arnold opposite Mercedes Ruehl as his mother. The cast also features Jack Difalco (Marvin’s Room), Ward Horton (Pure Genius), Roxanna Hope Radja (Frost/Nixon), and Michael Rosen (On The Town).

Torch Song has been extended through December 3.

Read reviews for the Off-Broadway revival. Playbill will continue to update with reviews as they are published.

AM New York (Matt Windman)

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

New York Magazine (Sara Holdren)

NY Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Towleroad (Naveen Kumar)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

Wall Street Journal (Terry Teachout)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Torch Song Trilogy won Fierstein two Tony Awards—both as playwright (for Best Play) and for Best Actor. It was produced throughout the country and also turned into a film in 1988 starring Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, and Anne Bancroft.

The Second Stage revival features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by David Lander, and sound design by Fitz Patton. Casting is by Telsey + Co. Tickets to Torch Song are on sale at


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