Spanning more than five years, Torch Song Trilogy is Harvey Fierstein’s first theatrical success, an early Off-Off-Broadway production, and an important landmark in LGBTQ theatre. Arnold Beckoff is a drag performer in 1970s New York City. Comfortable in his own skin and with his sexuality, he is ready for a meaningful and lasting relationship with a man who is just proud. He meets Ed Reiss at a local gay bar, and while the two men care deeply for each other, Ed is hesitant to commit to a man, worried that he could lose his job and be shunned by his family because of his sexuality. Throughout their relationship as lovers and friends, Arnold and Ed pursue other romances and navigate family dynamics, always returning to each other for comfort and understanding.
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