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Ben Rimalower

April 29, 2013

Ben Rimalower, Photo by Christian Coulson A

When performer 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 theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. Ben’s hit solo play “Patti Issues” marks his debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). 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.

“Patti Issues” received a special Bistro Award for solo play in March and just won the MAC Award for “Male Debut.” The show was performed in Berkeley, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, and has received great reviews and word of mouth, even from La Lupone herself!

Catch Ben in “Patti Issues” at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at 7th Ave, New York, NY 10014) Monday, May 6 at 7:00 PM; Saturdays at 9:30 PM from May 11 to June 8; Mondays, June 10 and 17 at 7:00 PM; and Saturdays June 22 and 29 at 9:30 PM.

1. What is your hometown?

New York City!

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Scarlett O’Hara

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Seth Green

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert, These Things Happen by Richard Kramer and 50 Shades of Gay by Jeffery Self

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Bette Midler’s Live At Last

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

I cried twice during the new Broadway revival of Pippin.

8. Cat person or dog person?

Dog person although I like cats–even the musical!

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness. It’s rarely kind to lie.

10. How do you define sin?

Sin is waste.

11. How do you define virtue?

Virtue is creation.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

A simple square with my name, entrance and exit. The question is what people will say about me, not what I can have written in stone.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Easy one! Patti LuPone!

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