Torch Song Trilogy (1982)

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Torch Song Trilogy (1982)

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Winner! 1983 Tony® Award for Best Play

"A very funny, poignant and unabashedly entertaining work that, so help me, is something for the whole family [...] the zappiest evening of theatre you could ask for." - Newsweek 

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Torch Song Trilogy is constructed of three moving plays told over three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and 1980s, through Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and other ground-breaking milestones for the LGBT community. Told with a likable, human voice, Arnold struggles through love, disease, and the challenges of child-rearing. In the tradition of The Normal Heart and The Pride, and one of the pre-cursors for the seminal Angels in America, this award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: "At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man's longings for love and family."
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  • Time Period 1980s, 1970s
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Drugs
    • Intense Adult Themes
    • Open Flame
    • Smoking

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Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein made his professional acting debut at La Mama ETC in 1971 in Andy Warhol's only play, Pork. He followed that with appearances in more than 60 Off-Off-Broadway productions before he began his career as a playwright. Early works like Flatbush Tosca and Cobra Je ...
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