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Ben Rimalower's addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. In Bad With Money, he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem — or get rich trying. In this gripping play-by-play of some his biggest mistakes and their consequences, Rimalower offers a no-holds-barred self-portrait of an addict and casts light on an under-examined taboo. "People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug abuse — and I've got those too," the writer-performer says. "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."
In this hilarious solo show, one woman plays over 25 different characters from inside a kitchen cupboard. (Yes, you read that correctly: The whole show takes place inside of a cupboard!) Each time the doors open, the audience discovers an entirely new reality, ranging from a drunken couple in Las Vegas to the entire Greek army inside the Trojan Horse, a lonely giantess, a lost pope, and so much more! With sketch-style characters and musical numbers, The Box Show is a fast-paced roller-coaster ride that plunges its audience into vastly different worlds without ever leaving the physical space of The Box. The space is limited, but the comedic possibilities are endless.
In A Kind Shot, a 6'1" blonde spitfire, Terri Mateer, tells her life story of becoming a pro basketball player in France. Raised by a single hippie mom, an African-American surrogate father stepped in and taught her how to play the game. Being 6'1" in the sixth grade, she's a natural, but dreams of becoming an architect. Terri's unbelievable journey includes playing pro ball, modeling, stripping, designing erotica, and taking lots of shots at life. It's an uplifting, honest, no-holds-barred personal account that illustrates we all need a little bit of kindness.
Award-winning actor-writer Dan Ruth returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with his tour de force black comedy, A Life Behind Bars. Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars, and New York City gentrification, the show, directed by multiple MAC and Bistro winner Tanya Moberly is an unapologetic, darkly funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab for the bottle instead. Dan Ruth shares his story of addiction and recovery through comedic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort — like so many gay boys before him and after — in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor, and showbiz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining light on gay men's longstanding obsessions with divas.
Nina Leeds's life crumbles when her true love is killed in World War One. Flitting from one man to the next until she settles for a life she never wanted, Nina is stalked by the fantasy of the happiness she never got to share with her late fiancé. This 1928 saga follows the lives of eight characters over the course of a half-century.
Transport Group's radical revival of Strange Interlude reunites David Greenspan, dramaturg Kristina Corcoran Williams, and director Jack Cummings III in an almost preposterous feat. The three of them present Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning nine-act, five-hour play as an uncut one-night solo performance.
Eleven diverse shows, from solo comedies to performances by fake tribute bands who recently rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, take over the second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter. Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest features Walter Michael DeForest's Van Gogh Find Yourself, Peter Michael Marino's Show Up, Katie Kopajtic's Confessions of a Personal Trainer, Chris Davis's The Last Emperor of Mexico and Drunk Lion, Harmon Leon's Infiltrating Trump's America, Christine Holt's Domesticated, Amanda Miller's How to Suffer Better, Adam Blotner and Jenny Pinzari's Pop Filter, and Paul Valenti's The Long Miserable Journey to Happiness. The EdFest also includes a free panel led by participants in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.
Eleven diverse shows from solo comedies to fake tribute bands that recently rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take over the second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter. Shows play from noon through 11pm. Full bar. No reservations required.
Featuring shows by Walter Michael DeForest, Peter Michael Marino, Katie Kopajtic, Chris Davis, Amanda Miller, Adam Blotner, Jenny Pinzari, Paul Valenti, Harmon Leon, Christine Holt, and Luke Closely.