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Queerty: Meet the bold, beautiful men of Singapore – the next gay capital of Asia


Get up close and personal with the beautiful, bold men of gay Singapore through intimate photography and honest storytelling.

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Queerty: Alan Cumming sparks but fails to ignite in ‘Burn’


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Alan Cumming in ‘Burn.’ Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

Welcome to Curtain Call, our mostly queer take on the latest openings on Broadway and beyond.

The Rundown:

Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns and contemporary actor Alan Cumming converge in Burn, a dance theater piece co-created with acclaimed director-choreographer Steven Hoggett. The result is a decade-spanning dive into the poet’s trials and tribulations, from an impoverished childhood to multiple love affairs and a life-long struggle with what today’s researchers might diagnose as bipolar disorder. If not familiar with Burns’ life or work, the result is a muddled and somewhat academic bio-dance, lifted off the page by Cumming’s magnetic performance and a stellar design team.

No Tea, No Shade:

Alan Cumming is known to theater audiences for his Tony-winning reimagining of the Master of Ceremonies in the 1998 revival of Cabaret and to TV fans for his long run as Eli Gold on The Good Wife and, more recently, the light-on-his-toes Mayor Aloysius Menlove on Apple TV+’s Schmigadoon! But his love of theater and literature runs deep, and for years Cumming had wanted to perform in one more “dance heavy” play or musical, as noted in the program for Burn.

Related: Is a world of musical numbers Utopia? Or is it Hell on Earth?

After attending a 2018 performance at the Joyce, New York City’s premiere dance venue, Cumming met the theatre’s leadership and struck up a conversation, setting into motion a creative collaboration that would span continents, weather a pandemic, and find its roots with additional input from two of Scotland’s foremost experts on Burns: Kirsteen McCue and Dr. Moira Hansen.

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Alan Cumming in ‘Burn.’ Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

The creative team’s in-depth exploration of Burns’ life manifests in excerpts of his personal writings and published works as the audience weathers the storm — literally and metaphorically — of a life polarized between pleasure and pain.

Featuring a turbulent score by Anna Meredith, mood-shifting lighting by Tim Lutkin, simple but effective scenic design by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, and dynamic video by Andrzej Goulding that you might expect to experience at the Museum of Modern Art, Burn has all of the elements of a memorable evening of theater. Yet, despite the quality of the craft, including a few magical bits courtesy of illusions consultant Kevin Quantum, Burn feels like a threesome where you’re the one sitting on the couch staring at the clock. But, at least someone is having a good time.

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Alan Cumming in ‘Burn.’ Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

Of course, being a casual observer has its merits, too. And one can’t deny Cumming’s linguistic mastery, which is particularly joyful when delivered with a rich Scots dialect that lilts and lumbers as Burns’ words demand. Hoggett — known choreographically for an elevated, pedestrian style of movement that challenges weight and space — has been hugely successful with ensemble pieces like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the cape-wielding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But with one body and a limited vocabulary of movement (think court dances, a bit of highland foot-stamping, and the intentionally limp hands of a ballet dancer), Burn might have been better served to lean more heavily into Burns’ words rather than their physical manifestation.

Related: A first lady fever dream scorches the stage at Chicago’s Steppenwolf

Let’s Have a Moment:

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Alan Cumming in ‘Burn.’ Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

After a dramatic blackout and final tableau, Cumming walks to the lip of the stage, drink in hand, and sits. With the fourth wall cracked open, he gazes into the blackness, reciting an excerpt from a Burns poem made famous for the tune and time it’s usually recited:

One song more and I have done…
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dears, for auld lang syne
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne

The memories we choose to hold on to, and those we let go — the loves and losses, hate and healing; the highs and lows and manic moments — it was all Burns fodder. And feast he did.

The Last Word:

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Alan Cumming in ‘Burn.’ Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

“Maybe this is the perfect moment to offer up newness, to reconsider to — like Burns himself — still dare,” write Cumming and Hoggett in the program notes.

If anything, Burn is a labor love of love. If you’ve ever been to a cocktail party, you’ll likely have met a couple and thought, “Huh. I don’t get it, but good for them.” Cumming, Hoggett, and team are such an affair.

Burn plays at New York City’s Joyce Theater through September 25.

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Queerty: Polo MorÍn is starting more fires than anyone can handle and daaamn…


After being outed and blackmailed, who wouldn’t need to let off a little steam?

Mexican actor Polo Morín is ramping up for his next role — fighting fires in Mexico City and lighting a few for the viewers at home.

Here’s how Netflix teases its scorching new series, High Heat:

“When clues to his brother’s murder lead Poncho to a fire brigade, he joins it to investigate further and finds romance, family – and a serial killer.”

The drama!

But since we’re here…

 

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Advocate.com: Pennsylvania Republicans Introduce Extreme ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill


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The bill is more restrictive than the one that became law in Florida.

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Senate Committee Calls for Reform of Intelligence Agencies


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A U.S. Senate committee has recommended that the nation’s intelligence agencies undergo reform in order to better counter U.S. adversaries.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its redacted report (pdf) on Sept. 20. The document was based on two years of independent and nonpartisan research into foreign intelligence threats facing the nation.

Committee Vice Chair Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued a statement saying that foreign nations, including China, were rapidly developing new capabilities to target the United States for espionage.

“Foreign adversarial governments, including the People’s Republic of China, are now targeting all sectors of U.S. society,” Rubio said, using the official name of communist China. “This Committee aims to ensure that the American public, industry, and academia are aware of this, and also to ensure that the Intelligence Community has the authorities and resources necessary to effectively confront these new counterintelligence threats.”

The report detailed two years of investigation intended to assess the mission, duties, authorities, resources, and structure of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). The NCSC is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which provides counterintelligence support to the U.S. Intelligence Community, the federal government, and private entities.

Among the report’s conclusions was that U.S. spy agencies were frequently impeded in their efforts to conduct counterintelligence because of miscommunications, funding issues, and a failure to coordinate between agencies.

The report states that the NCSC wasn’t postured to effectively confront the whole-of-society threats now being faced. It notes that there needs to be better clarification on the NCSC’s mission, structure, and responsibilities.

The report also recommends that a new government-wide definition of counterintelligence needs to be developed in order to better position and respond to the modern threat landscape, cyberattacks, and influence operations targeting Americans.

Committee Chair Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said sweeping changes would need to be made to the nation’s counterintelligence posture if it’s going to successfully combat the threat.

“The United States faces a dramatically different threat landscape today than it did just a couple of decades ago,” Warner said. “New threats and new technology mean that we have to make substantial adjustments to our counterintelligence posture if we are going to protect our country’s national and economic security.”

The committee’s report follows a contentious year in Sino–U.S. relations. The Department of Justice previously linked Chinese communist intelligence agencies to plots to spy on, harass, intimidate, and even attack U.S. citizens critical of the regime.

Despite the continued pressure from China’s ruling communist regime, the Biden administration terminated the Justice Department’s anti-espionage China Initiative in February and hasn’t replaced it with a new program.


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