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Gay Patti Issues Star Is Bad With Money

Gay Patti Issues Star Is Bad With Money


Ben Rimalower will return to the stage in a new solo show about his struggle with debt.

Out playwright-performer Ben Rimalower will return to the New York stage in Bad With Money, a new one-man show about his struggle with debt, Time Out New York reports.

Rimalower's "addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life," read press notes about the production. "In Bad With Money, he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem -- or get rich trying."

"People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug abuse -- and I've got those too," says Rimalower. "But spending money I don't have is really my drug of choice. And considering how many people suffer from the same problem, it's staggering how seldom that is discussed."

A celebrated director, Rimalower made his debut as playwright and performer in 2012 with Patti Issues, which drew parallels between his connection to diva Patti LuPone and his strained relationship with his gay father. The Advocate named the solo piece among the best LGBT-inclusive New York theater of 2012, calling it "smart, poignant, and dishy as hell."

Bad With Money premieres September 4 and runs through November 6 at the historic Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

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