Withering Glance: The gym or 'The Nance': What's a 'gaybro' to do?

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 5, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Nathan Lane in “The Nance.”

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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.


CP: What’s a gay guy to do, I ask?


RN: Wow, this query could go in all kinds of directions.


CP: On one extreme are the just-announced-on-Huffington-Post “gaybros” — gay guys so macho that they just cannot relate to most other gay people.


RN: Until the conversation turns to window treatments. Then all bets are off.


CP: Then you have the new Broadway show “The Nance,” about male actors from Broadway’s burlesque days who shamelessly simpered and went all butterfly-hands for cheap laughs.


RN: What a great subject for a play, and a great excuse to get to NYC. I love Nathan Lane, and playwright Douglas Carter Beane does witty the way Jason Statham does sexy. Effortlessly.


CP: While I consider myself to be sort of mid-spectrum, my sympathy remains with those in the nance camp.


RN: I’ve always admired how you bury your inner Cojo beneath that Marine Corps recruiter exterior. But you’re right. In our Abercrombie & Fitched world, the girly-man isn’t exactly in vogue these days.


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