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There may be nothing new about hearing of a gay man’s obsession with film, theater, opera or musical diva. But what may be new is how such an obsession helped a young boy cope with a traumatic experience in his household while growing up, and as an adult, continued to be that which he could turn to in order to get through other ordeals in his life.

Writer, producer, and director Ben Rimalower’s critically acclaimed Patti Issues takes an audience through his 20 plus years of idolization with two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone ("Evita," and revival "Gypsy"), and how the Broadway diva’s voice brought comfort to Rimalower beginning at 8 when his father came out as a gay man and entered into a life filled with drugs tearing his family apart.

Rimalower is in Ptown on July 3 and 4, and again on August 4, at the Crown Cabaret at the Crown and Anchor with his award-winning show.

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