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Torch Song Trilogy Essay

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In this review of the 1989 film adaptation of Torch Song Trilogy, which Fierstein adapted fromhis play text, Johnson praises the playwright for shedding light on "social terrain rarely explored in American movies."

It is a film about an eccentric Jewish drag queen struggling for some semblance of a normal life in New York City. It is also a funny, poignant and surprisingly wholesome tale of romantic love and old-fashioned family values. It could almost be a Hollywood movie—but it is not. Although Torch Song Trilogy as a stage drama captivated audienceson Broadway for two years—winning Tony awards for best play and best actor in 1983—Hollywood producers were nervous about bringing it to the screen. They proposed a sanitized version of the play with the sex cut out. They suggested Dustin Hoffman or Richard Dreyfuss for the lead role. And at least one studio executive said that...

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