Marin Theatre Company closes its 23-24 season with Torch Song, bringing the Bay Area its first look at Harvey Fierstein’s acclaimed, newly revised two-act version of his Tony-winning Torch Song Trilogy.

This fast-paced play follows Arnold Beckoff, a lovelorn Jewish drag queen wielding the pithy wit of a Fran Lebowitz, looking for love in New York City. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, this rollicking work finds Arnold stumbling through modern life, wallowing in cynical despair at ever finding a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers that fit.

When his disapproving mother arrives from Miami, the fur really starts to fly. This MTC revival of a landmark play by Fierstein, an icon and staple of American musical theatre and Broadway, is an event you won’t want to miss.

Directed by Evren Odcikin, the stellar cast of local notables includes Dean Linnard, Nancy Carlin, Joe Ayers, Patrick Andrew Jones, Edric Young, and Kina Kantor.

This production runs approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes plus a 15-minute intermission.

The cast for this production features Dean Linnard, making his MTC debut as Arnold Beckoff. Linnard has been seen in the Bay Area in Born With Teeth (Aurora Theatre Company), Octet (Berkeley Rep), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Good Person of Szechwan, The Winter’s Tale (California Shakespeare Theater), Twelfth Night, The Three Musketeers, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Marin Shakespeare Company), Bad Jews, Hand to God (Left Edge Theatre). He received San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (SFBATCC) Awards for Groundhog Day: The Musical and Indecent at San Francisco Playhouse. New York credits include the world premiere of Dave Harris’ Tambo & Bones at Playwrights Horizons.  

The design team bringing this production of Torch Song to life on stage will include Sarah Phykitt (set design), Ray Oppenheimer (lighting design), Lana Palmer (sound design), and Jessie Amoroso (costume design). 

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“Spectacular. An energizing joy, as stimulating as four shots of espresso” – New York Times

“Exquisite!” – Entertainment Weekly

“Highly entertaining!” – The Hollywood Reporter

This production runs approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes plus a 15-minute intermission.