With Star Quality Intact, Ben Rimalower Returns To The NYC Stage

New York writer-performer Ben Rimalower returns to the Off-Broadway stage this weekend with an encore presentation of his solo shows, “Patti Issues” and “Bad With Money.”

Rimalower, 40, has been steadily making a name for himself in Manhattan theater circles and on the road since 2012, when he premiered “Patti Issues” to enthusiastic reviews at the Duplex in New York. That show, which The New York Times praised for its “sharp, observational comedy,” saw Rimalower using his obsession with Broadway diva Patti LuPone as the foil to a deeper narrative about his fractured relationship with his father. 

In “Bad With Money,” which debuted at the Duplex two years later, Rimalower dramatized his struggles with another personal (and, in some respects, more imposing) demon: finances. He wasn’t just talking about a few bounced checks or missed rent payments, either, as the show chronicled his brief stint as a sex worker as well as his brush with credit card fraud. (Watch a clip from that show above.) 

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