DTC’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ tonight at the Wyly

Masterpiece theater

There’s much to like about Dallas Theater Center’s current production of this stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. (It’s a co-production with Casa Manana; its version closed last month, and while this one has almost the same cast and crew, it’s strikingly different.) Act 2 is the money, with an unparalleled courtroom scene and a profound coda about the mysterious Boo Radley.

Several of the performances are indelible as well. Anastasia Munoz, as a clucking society lady but mostly as the white girl who accuses a hapless black man of rape, quakes with such nervous ferocity, you fear she’ll shake loose a light fixture. Akron Watson as the victim of her prejudice and James Dybas as her racist father are equally good, and solid work comes from Bob Hess, Denise Lee and Morgan Richards as the precious tomboy Scout. But the production is all but stolen by Aiden Langford as the moppet Dill, a charming kid who could spread diabetes with his sweetness.

—  Rich Lopez

Study indicates poorer health for aging LGBs

According to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, aging lesbian, gay and bisexual adults have a higher rate of chronic disease and mental stress than heterosexuals. Three surveys from 2003, 2005 and 2007 included more than 1,000 LGBs each.

The study found that even more affluent and educated LGBs may be uninsured.

The survey group indicated that the older LGB population is more educated than the general population. Only 16.6 percent of heterosexual adults had an advanced degree, while 35 percent of LGBs did. The elderly LGB population tends to be more white than the general population.

A researcher said that the elderly LGB population should be “fairly privileged, but it actually wasn’t.”

Half of the gay and bisexual male population in California between the ages of 50 and 70 lives alone. Only 13 percent of straight men in that age group live alone.

Among women, 25 percent of lesbian or bisexual women live alone compared to 20 percent of straight women.

Lesbians tend to delay care at a higher rate than straight women. Because fewer men or women had children, they have less of a family support network as they age. Gay men have high blood pressure and diabetes at higher rates than straight men their age.

The study estimates California’s aging LGB population at 170,000, a number expected to double in the next 20 years.

—  David Taffet