Gay skating fanatic Coy Covington’s rink-side report from Boston

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUPDATE: We’ve added a video of Jason Brown’s performance after the jump. You can see Covington, who’s directly in front of the Jif To Go sign, best around minute 5:00, during Brown’s finale.

Our roving correspondent, Coy Covington, spent the week attending the National Figure Skating Championships in Boston. He was front-and-center for most of it, which meant you could see his smiling mug from most camera angles during the broadcast.

From his vantage, he could see the skating of Sochi hopeful Ashley Wagner, a darling of U.S. women’s figure skating who had a bad performance — she fell twice during her routine and placed out of the top 3.

That should have meant that Wagner wouldn’t get to join the nationals’ gold, silver and bronze medalists in Russia … but it turns out, it was the bronze medalist, Marai Nagasu, who was snubbed.

“The consensus is that Marai got screwed,” Covington says of the controversial decision. “Judges over-inflated Polina Edmunds’ scores to make sure she placed high. Marai doesn’t currently have a coach and didn’t have anyone to fight for her. She’s a former U.S. champion and earned — and deserves — more respect.”

While medaling at nationals is not a guarantee of an Olympic berth, the few times it has not happened has been due to an injury, not a poor score.

“I personally would have kept Marai on the team, bump Edmunds and sent her to the World Championships,” Covington says. “The crowd was pretty bitter about the whole thing.”

On a fabulous note, male skater Jason Brown (pictured with Covington) was the overwhelming crowd favorite of the entire competition. “He outscored Jeremy Abbott in the long program, won the silver and made the Olympics team!” Covington rejoices.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

REVIEW: Uptown’s hail Mary: “The Divine Sister” warrants prays

Charles Busch really deserves more credit as a master of playwrighting than he typically gets. Mamet steals the limelight for crafty dialogue, Stoppard is the king of intellectual wordplay, but in many ways, Busch has both of them beat. The difference is, Stoppard toys with Shakespeare, and Busch fools around with Debbie Reynolds musicals and Douglas Sirk films. It’s as if he’s being punished for having a gay sensibility.

Who needs acclaim, though, when a production as sassy as The Divine Sister, presented by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, is doing what good theater should do: Make you laugh and think … although, granted, much of the thinking goes on between fart and dick jokes.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Uptown Players announces 2012 season

Uptown Players has announced its full 2012 season, which includes a bonus show at the Rose Room and the annual Broadway Our Way fundraiser. And the mainstage season will be at the Kalita Humphreys for a third year.

The line-up:

Take Me Out, Feb,. 3–19.

Broadway Our Way, March 16–25.

The Silence of the Clams, April 27–May 20 (at the Rose Room)

The Divine Sister, starring Coy Covington, pictured, July 13–29

The Producers, Aug. 24–Sep. 16

Hello Again, Oct. 5–21.

Read the full coverage in this week’s edition of Dallas Voice.


—  Arnold Wayne Jones