Torch Song OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 19, 2017
    Closing:
    December 3, 2017

    Theater: Second Stage Theatre / 305 West 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    It’s 1979 in New York City and Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose and family. He’s fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won’t stop until he achieves the life he desires. Now, Arnold is back…and he’s here to sing you a torch song. The Tony Award®-winning play that forever changed the trajectory of Broadway returns for a new generation.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Torch Song

    A ‘Torch Song’ Burning With Emotion Behind the Laughs

    Ben Brantley

    October 19, 2017:

    When Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl start to cut each other’s hearts out in the second act of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song,” your responses are likely to be deeply divided. “Stop that right now!” you think. Because what they’re doing feels too painful, too private and quite possibly too close to your own home for public consumption.

    But another part of you is flushed with the thrill that comes from watching two ideally matched performers, at the top of their games, demonstrating the unholy power of flesh and blood to wound its own. Portraying a New York drag queen and his mother visiting from Miami, Mr. Urie and Ms. Ruehl make a strong case for a fiercely tugged umbilical cord as the ultimate weapon of destruction.

    Not bad for a three-decades-old comedy that would seemed to have passed its sell-by date years ago.

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