In April, Bay area audiences had a chance to witness two monologists perform. Both artists left their audiences wondering whether truth is stranger than fiction or if fiction delivers a stronger take on truth.
One of the Broadway season's very highest lights, the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart You Can't Take It With You remains brightly illuminated now that replacements Richard Thomas and Anna Chlumsky have joined the hilariously accomplished ensemble under Scott Ellis's eloquent direction.
Patti Issues is bitingly funny and deeply moving as Ben Rimalower delves into complex issues of family relationships, depression, coming out, the nature of celebrity worship and the pitfalls of meeting our own idols.
Patti Issues is not just 90 minutes of gay diva worship, and Rimalower has wisely given the show a much-needed emotional core by balancing out the LuPone anecdotes with a compelling exploration of his troubled relationship with his father, who came out when Ben was 8.