A fan’s life, entwined with a star’s career, in ‘Patti Issues’

In “Patti Issues,” Ben Rimalower details his obsession with Patti Lupone and where it led, professionally and emotionally.
In “Patti Issues,” Ben Rimalower details his obsession with Patti Lupone and where it led, professionally and emotionally.Credit: GUSTAVO MONROY

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Since we live in a time when the currency of fame has been Kardashianed to near-worthlessness, it helps to be reminded how much a genuine star can matter to a kid in need of inspiration, consolation, or just plain diversionary entertainment.

Patti LuPone was that star, and Ben Rimalower was that kid, and he tells us all about it in his heartfelt and cleverly constructed solo show, “Patti Issues,’’ which he performed at Club Café on Friday night.

An autobiographical performance piece that doubles as a cultural anatomy of fandom, “Patti Issues’’ suggests that LuPone’s fabled voice helped Rimalower find his own, in a way. He focuses heavily on his struggles during childhood and beyond to cope with a loose cannon of a father, making it clear that he drew strength from the example of what he called LuPone’s “fierceness.’’

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