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Garland Winners 2009

12 March 2009 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

We delightedly announce the 2009 Garland Awards, voted on by the Southern California theatre critics of Back Stage. Congratulations to the recipients. Your work touched us, made us think, made us proud to support the bustling, vibrant, inventive community that is Southland theatre. The critics who voted are Paul Birchall, Jeff Favre, Hoyt Hilsman, Travis Holder, Wenzel Jones, Iris Mann, Eric Marchese, Dany Margolies, Dink O’Neal, Brad Schreiber, Madeleine Shaner, Les Spindle, Neal Weaver, and Jennie Webb. Collectively we saw hundreds of shows in 2008, whether we were reviewing or not. This is true devotion to theatre. Under our voting system, each Garland winner was named on at least three critics' Best of 2008 lists. Each critic listed up to five nominees for each category except performance, up to 10 nominees for performance in musical productions and 10 for straight plays. Lists, minus the winners, are here Critics List. This year we present two »

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Ask the Flying Monkey! (March 11, 2009)

10 March 2009 5:38 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Ask the Monkey! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: What do you think about this whole “gay face” mini-meme? – Michael

A: The Flying Monkey just heard about it  and I’m already tired of it.

While studies show there is no difference in the actual physical facial characteristics of gay versus straight men, other studies suggest some gay men might hold their faces, especially in the mouth area, in such a way that makes other people more likely to identify them as gay.

And this is news why? We all know there are physical and verbal stereotypes – mannerisms and such that are associated with gayness. We also know that sometimes the stereotypes are right – some gay people do conform to them – and sometimes they’re wrong: many gay people don’t conform to them, and some straight people who do. »

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Beyond the Gay Role

4 March 2009 6:18 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Given the fact that Sean Penn just nabbed an Oscar for playing gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, surely there is still no stigma attached to playing gay, right?

That’s an easy assumption for many viewers – gay and straight – to make, but what do the men who play these roles believe? talked with a number of actors who have played gay roles past and present for their thoughts. Do they think playing a gay role can help, hurt or have no real effect on their careers? How has that changed over the years? What do their peers think? And have we finally moved beyond the stigma a gay role once carried?

Their answers might surprise you. 

Surprising reaction to gay role on “Raising The Bar.”

On TNT’s hit legal drama, Raising the Bar, Jonathan Scarfe plays Charlie Sagansky, a law clerk working for a powerful female judge »

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