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A new edition of the classic drama of gay life in New York in the 1970s and 80s—winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, now coming to Broadway in a revival hailed as “irresistibly compelling” by The New York Times.
What begins as a chance encounter in a New York nightclub leads drag queen Arnold Beckoff on a hilarious yet touching pursuit of love, happiness, and a life of which he can be proud. From a failed affair with a reluctant lover, to a committed relationship with a young model and the promise of a stable family, Arnold’s struggle for acceptance meets its greatest challenge in his intolerant mother.
This edition contains for the first time ever both the original scripts for the three one-act plays (International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First!) as they were performed in the 1980s, as well as the revised script for the 2017 revival that condensed all three into the play Torch Song. It also includes a never-before-published introduction by Harvey Fierstein, as well as photographs from both the original production and the revival starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl and directed by Moisés Kaufman.
Story Locale: New York City
Publication History: Villard HC (8/83); Berkley MM (1/88)
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“Harvey Fierstein has created characters so vivid and real that they linger in the mind, talking the night away, long after the lights have been turned out and everyone has left.”—Time
“Gorgeously funny . . . a devastatingly comic play with just the right resonances.”—New York Post
“Sassy, sweet, and moving.”—People