Patti's Issues

Rescued By Patti LuPone

06/03/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

John Houseman once said that Patti LuPone exudes the “smell of the gallows,” but for one gay Jewish boy from Los Angeles, the star was nothing less than a lifeline. LuPone, famed for playing blistering, brutal Broadway divas, became an obsession for theater artist Ben Rimalower when the teen was struggling with his parents’ divorce, his father’s  traumatic coming out, and his own coming of age.

In “Patti Issues,” directed by Aaron Mark, Rimalower charts a rocky, bi-coastal, but ultimately exultant journey from LuPone fan to LuPone friend and collaborator.

In “Patti Issues,” Ben Rimalower explores family, sexuality and an obsession with singer Patti LuPone.
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