January 24, 1988
Combing through your extensive preview of the year's upcoming films, I found only one film that would speak to my life as a gay man: Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy." Where are the other films presenting characters like me and the bulk of my close friends, gay men and women? Or are there, as it seems from the content of contemporary films, more prostitutes in this world than gay people? SCOTT GIANTVALLEY West Hollywood
November 16, 1987 |
The intimate Helen Hayes Theater--one of the very few on Broadway that remains independently owned--will be sold at auction next year, its owners have announced. Built in 1912, the 499-seat theater has housed runs of "Gemini" and "Torch Song Trilogy," and it is currently home to "The Nerd." The owners have put a minimum value of $5 million on the theater. The March 24 sale will be handled jointly by Christie's and Cushman & Wakefield.
December 14, 1988 |
On stage, Harvey Fierstein made his "Torch Song Trilogy" such a galvanic experience you wanted to see it all over again, even at its 3-hour running time. It was composed of three interconnected one-act plays framed by cabaret numbers and plenty of asides, all held together by the sheer force of Fierstein's passion and self-deprecating humor.
January 20, 1988
The Bowery Theatre has officially parted ways with acting artistic director Ginny-Lynn Safford and is now gearing up for the West Coast premiere of "Safe Sex," the new play by Tony award-winning Harvey "Torch Song Trilogy" Fierstein on Feb. 11 for a six-week run. San Diego Repertory Theatre veteran Tavis Ross, most recently seen as Scrooge in the Rep's "A Christmas Carol," will direct.
July 24, 1988
I would like to thank you for the lovely piece you did on our film "Torch Song Trilogy" ("When Hearts Were Young and Gay" July 17, by John M. Wilson). While capturing the ebullient and cooperative mood of our production, however, your reporter accidentally or purposely demeaned the important contribution of our director, Paul Bogart. As I told your Mr. Wilson, I held up production of the film for almost three years while searching for the perfect director. Mr. Bogart was that person.
February 13, 1988 |
In the Tony Award-winning "Torch Song Trilogy," playwright Harvey Fierstein created the memorable character of Arnold Beckoff, a passionate, funny gay man searching for true love in a faithless world. First mounted on Broadway in 1982, "Torch Song Trilogy" was a pre-AIDS drama, and it worked on those terms: Arnold's quest for monogamy was one born of desire rather than fear. Times, however, have changed, and so have Fierstein's subjects.