Bad with Money

The Duplex , West Village Thursday October 16 2014 21:30
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Bad with Money
Photograph by Allison Michael Orenstein
Ben Rimalower

Bad with Money. The Duplex (Off-Off Broadway). By Ben Rimalower. Directed by Aaron Mark. With Rimalower. Running time: 1hr. No intermission.

Bad with Money: In brief

Vividly personal monologist Ben Rimalower follows up on his hit 2012 coming-of-gay tale, Patti Issues, with an account of the dark paths that debt has led him down. Aaron Mark directs.

Bad with Money: Theater review by Jenna Scherer

There’s so much confessional theater out there, it’s easy to think we’ve gone past fussing over taboos. But there remains one topic that dare not speak its name: money. Solo performer Ben Rimalower (Patti Issues) exorcises his financial demons in this one-man show, a purgative hour-long monologue in which he entertainingly (and excruciatingly) itemizes his monetary sins.

Rimalower’s financial odyssey starts out innocently enough: maxing out his low-limit teenage credit card, swiping CDs from the record company where he works. But before long, it’s unreported grand larceny with his boss’s Visa and a gradual erosion of the trust of everyone around him. Rimalower is light, funny and unabashed when he talks about dark stuff such as alcoholism and his foray into prostitution; it’s his compulsive, corrosive spending habits that are the source of shame. “You’re not supposed to talk about money,” he says. “It’s tacky.” Rimalower’s choice to do just that is a brave one, and—in a time when many people suffer in silence under crushing debt or find themselves unable to live within their means—a vital one.—Theater review by Jenna Scherer

THE BOTTOM LINE Ben Rimalower accounts for chronic overspending.

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Venue name: The Duplex
Address: 61 Christopher St
New York

Cross street: at Seventh Ave South
Opening hours: Showtimes vary. Piano bar 9pm–4am
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: $25 plus two-drink minimum
Event phone: 800-316-8559
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