Alan Cumming: Sexual Ambiguity's Greatest Natural Resource

Of all of our stridently pansexual Scottish performers and perfumists, Alan Cumming is second to none. He nanced around and set heads a-scratching ten or so years ago as the emcee in Broadway's brilliant Cabaret revival, played a transvestite party promoter on Showtime's lady-on-lady business soap The L Word, and is now glamming it up in a new production of The Bacchae as, of course, Dionysus.

We're all for sexual freedoms and defying labels and whatnot, so we support Cumming's flouting of any imposed rules and all that. We just wish we didn't find it so increasingly forced and ho-hum. It'd be neat to see him completely change it up and play something fiercely male or female, straight or gay. Just for his sake as a performer, as he is quite a talented one. For now, though, we'll just have to make do with the gold kilt and makeup and winky-winky nods to whatever vague person is 100% in on the joke (we don't think it's us).

Some video of Cumming's performances are below.