Category Archives: Breaking
Many of you still believe that I wanted Proof, starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox, to fail. Not true – I simply knew it WOULD fail. Happily, Cox has bounced back with a new TV series. Interesting enough, her role in The Trustee was not written for a transgender person. The show is a female police buddy drama and someone thought, “Hmm, why couldn’t one of those cops be transgender?” Why not indeed. The show is being produced by Elizabeth Banks and hopes to get on ABC‘s schedule next season.
On March 9th, Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey was found in a motel room with an underaged male. Yawn – another married politician found sleeping with a boy. But this Republican was Trump‘s campaign chair in Oklahoma! The details may make the situation worse for him, but I find them quite amusing. Police responded to a “check welfare” call from someone who saw the senator and youth enter a Super 8 motel – oh, the humanity. When the cops knocked on the door, Shortey said he was alone and refused to let them in. Once they threatened to enter with a pass key, he opened the door and police found him with a 17-year-old boy, who claimed to have known the senator for a year. “I used to sell weed to him,” the lad said.
Uncovered texts show the tyke asking Shortey if he could help him make some money for spring break. The senator said, “I don’t really have any legitimate things I need help with right now. Would you be interested in ‘sexual’ stuff?” The boy’s dad says that his son “has a history of soliciting himself on Craigslist for sexual conduct.” So I guess he’s into “sexual stuff”. And yet Shortey wasn’t arrested – at least not for a week. He was eventually charged with three felonies – engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution, and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church! Call me old fashioned, but I think we can drop that last charge if it’s a Catholic church! Upon his arrest, the State Senate passed a resolution stripping Shortey’s name from all legislation and barring him from using his office or parking spot. No – not the parking spot!!!
If you’re anything like me (and I believe at least some of you are), you can never have enough Tennessee Williams. Recently I dashed back to Boston to see Night of the Iguana with Elizabeth Ashley, Amanda Plummer and James Earl Jones. Last week, it was a play about Tennessee Williams at the Pasadena Playhouse starring Al Pacino, Garrett Clayton and Judith Light. This new play was billed as a “development production”, but it sure seemed pretty polished, from the star-laden cast to the swanky set to the ticket prices. Mind you, I’m not complaining – the rare chance to see Al Pacino at work is worth every penny.
The play is a fascinating character study of the final years of Williams’ life told through the eyes of one of his last beaus, playwright Dotson Rader. Onstage Rader was portrayed by Miles Gaston Villanueva, and if his name is not as familiar as his colleagues’, he was no less talented (or, for that matter, hunky). Garrett Clayton has been on quite a roll. He starred in King Cobra (based on gay porn pup Brent Corrigan), he was a lead in Hairspray: Live, and now he’s holding his own opposite Al Pacino. That he’s holding his own clad in some skimpy undies only gilds the lily. I must note the breathtaking Andrew Dits, who makes the most of one brief scene. Judith Light, who never disappoints, tackles a character clearly based on the trustee of Williams’ legacy, Lady Maria St. Just - who has been described as neither a lady, nor a saint, nor just! Light is one of those rare stage creatures who stalks rather than walks, who intones rather than recites, who becomes rather than acts. She is never less than riveting.
It would all be for naught without a galvanizing presence at the center, and Pacino (or “Mr. P” as Light calls him) is certainly that. In a masterful performance that could easily become a caricature, he etches a painfully nuanced portrait of an artist in decline. He even captures Williams’ almost musical vocal cadence. The play has some rough edges, but it’s a tantalizing morsel of things to come. Should anyone want my notes, all they have to do is ask. For once, I refrained from spouting my unsolicited opinions backstage.
Someone noticeably absent from Barrowman’s birthday bash was Colton Haynes. But he had a good reason – he got engaged. Engaged? Didn’t he just meet this guy? Actually, he just went public about his beau – they’ve been together for weeks…er, months. Colton’s florist/boyfriend got Cher to make a video singing their favorite song, “I’ve Got You Babe”, and then he popped the question complete with fireworks. What could possibly go wrong?
Something which is definitely a choice is whether or not to be a whore. I don’t say that in a disparaging way. After all, everybody loves a whore. If they didn’t, it would be hard to earn the title. This story is an update on the whore of 2016 (and several previous decades), Logo‘s Prince Charming, Robert Sepulveda. Brace yourself – he’s single. I know – who couldn’t see that coming? “Eric is a super, super sweet guy, but we’re not together and I’m completely, completely single.” Sounds like an escort ad to me. But, wait – he’s not done. “I have lots of production companies that are interested in doing shows with me, so I’m going to focus on that and my pocketbook.” What a shocking shift in priorities – holding out for cash. But, riddle me this – who are these numerous production companies looking to hire an aging gay hooker? ‘Cause I’m willing to put out…for a price.