Afterglow The Play is a Must See Look at Modern Day Relationships

Friends with benefits, threesomes, and love triangles, OH, MY. Afterglow the Play (a play by Asher Gelman) explores the pros and cons of modern day “open” relationships and is a very real look at some of the complications that can arise. It’s not saying that these relationships can’t work, it’s just shedding some light on what can happen if things don’t go as you are expecting.

One of the things about the play is that the complications aren’t necessarily limited to being caused by another person. In true modern day realness, these issues can arise from career fixation, addiction, or even social media temptations.

Afterglow starts off with a couple having fun and spicing things up by inviting a third to play and the sexiness is supercharged. Three naked men in one bed is certainly an explosive way to start any production. And for the nudity lovers out there, there is plenty more of that throughout the show. The experience is fun, funny, touching, and even soul searching. There were plenty of tears shed as well as checking your own judgements in some instances for some people. The audience was so invested that there was plenty of laughter, gasping, and awws. The emotions are kept alive even during scene changes, which are done by the actors in between acts. The cast is so choreographed as they interact in character, which makes it both important and entertaining to pay attention to all the details. If the previous scene was happy and light, the actors are jovial during the moving of the set. If there was anger, grief, or strife, the actors are angry and tense as they move the set pieces and props.

It’s definitely refreshing to see a story about the lives of gay people with more heft and grit to it which also comes a bit closer to the reality of gay dating life in 2017. If there were more time, it would be nice to see the characters fleshed out even more or be shown more about their entire lives.

Brandon Haagenson and Robbie Simpson play Josh and Alex, the husbands, who will have you loving them and feeling tense for them throughout the story. Patrick Reilly is Darius, who gets caught up in this fantasy and allows himself to catch feelings for Alex against his own better judgement. He does such a wonderful job at expressing his emotions, devastation, disappointment, and confusion while reminding the audience that no one is really to blame here, nor is anyone worthy of our hatred.

The intimate setting of the Davenport Theatre makes you feel like you are in the characters lives, apartments, and relationships like a true voyeur as you explore their issues right beside them. Do polyamorous relationships work or is there a point where they need to be cut off before real feelings develop that can get in the way of everything a couple strives for in their journey together? For some, it certainly does but in this case, maybe not so much. Since it is based on Gelman’s own experience in opening up his marriage, this is surely one way things do play out in real life. Check out Afterglow and judge (or perhaps a better word is see) for yourself.

Your 2017 Oscars Nominees

I don’t know about you, but I am super excited that it’s Oscars time again! I’m so happy to be back in LA for it, and thrilled to have been a part of CTV’s ETalk Oscars week! There are so many Canadian actors and talent nominated this year and they truly have some amazing content to share.

Their coverage of the red carpet tonight will be epic. Ben Mulroney is the most gracious, knowledgable person in the business and may I add, he’ll be looking quite sharp out there! I am already missing my new Canadian family but looking forward to my next CTV adventure. 

I figured I’d compile a list of our nominees so in case you haven’t seen them already or you just want to use it to follow along tonight, we have it! Feel free to let me know your thoughts and predictions. Also, you can follow me on twitter @teeco71 and also follow @etalkCTV for all the red carpet fun! 




Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea




Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences




Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins



Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals



Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea



Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle





La La Land







Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins


La La Land




Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea




Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America





4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets




Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land




Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman


Toni Erdmann



A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad




La La Land






“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda




Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land




Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes





Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights






Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land





Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi



Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story





Hidden Figures





Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Now Presenting Our 2017 SAGawards Nominees

I can’t believe it’s already SAG Awards time! The Oscars are just around the corner and I can’t wait to get to LA to celebrate all week. Tonight, I’ll be watching from home but I look forward to tweeting with all of you! Who are your favorites? What are your predictions? Do we think the speeches will be as controversial as they were at the Globes?

Here is a cheat sheet of nominees for us to follow. I’d love to hear your thoughts on here and of course later on Twitter!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Amy Adams, “Arrival”

Emily Blunt, “The Girl on the Train”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“Captain Fantastic”


“Hidden Figures”

“Manchester by the Sea”


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”

Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

John Turturro, “The Night Of”

Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Bryce Dallas Howard, “Black Mirror”

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Kerry Washington, “Confirmation”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

John Lithgow, “The Crown”

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”

Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“The Crown”

“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”

“Stranger Things”


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory”


“Modern Family”

“Orange is the New Black”


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

“Game of Thrones”

“Marvel’s Daredevil”

“Marvel’s Luke Cage”

“The Walking Dead”


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“Captain America: Civil War”

“Doctor Strange”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Jason Bourne”

“Nocturnal Animals”

Your 2017 Golden Globes Nominees

It’s that time again! Golden Globes and awards season. There are so many talented people nominated this year and I feel like we are really stepping up the game with the addition of competition from cable networks and online streaming but I don’t think we can count network TV out, ever. Just look at the amazing shows we enjoy. I’m hoping the trent of improvement continues and the trend of Social TV strengthens. I enjoy live tweeting with all of you during our favorite shows and especially throughout awards season.

I will be tweeting the Golden Globes tonight from red carpet and throughout the show using #etalkGLOBES from home but I will be headed to LA for Oscars and lots of other fun stuff this year. I hope you all continue to follow along and participate in the events and festivities.







Here are our nominees for tonight. See you online!!


Best Picture, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water


Manchester by the Sea


Best Actor, Drama

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Joe Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

 Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams – Arrival

Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical

20th Century Women

Florence Foster Jenkins


Sing Street

La La Land

Best Actor, Comedy/Musical

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill – War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Actress, Comedy/Musical

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld – Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone – La La Land

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel – Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea

Original Score, Motion Picture


La La Land



Hidden Figures

Best Foreign Language Film




The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

Best Animated Film



My Life as a Zucchini



Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls

“City of Stars” – La La Land

“Faith” – Sing

“Gold” – Gold

“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana


Best Comedy/Musical



Mozart in the Jungle



Best Drama

The Crown

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

This is Us


Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

The People vs. OJ Simpson

Best Actor, Drama

Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath

Rami Malek – Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress, Drama

Caitriona Balfe – Outlander

Claire Foy – The Crown

Keri Russell – The Americans

Winona Ryder – Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Actor, Comedy

Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Nick Nolte – Graves

Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actress, Comedy/Musical

Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce

Issa Rae – Insecure

Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Best Actor, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Riz Ahmed – The Night Of

Bryan Cranston – All the Way

John Turturro – The Night Of

Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager

Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Felicity Huffman – American Crime

Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience

Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Charlotte Rampling – London Spy

Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager

John Lithgow – The Crown

Christian Slater – Mr. Robot

John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Olivia Colman – The Night Manager

Lena Headey – Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz – The Is Us

Mandy Moore – This Is Us

Thandie Newton – Westworld

Julie Caitlin Brown: Actor, Life Coach, and Musician

Last month I wanted to introduce you to Julie Caitlin Brown because I had heard so much about her, which caused me to research her further. Once I read her story and heard her music, I knew I wanted to interview her but I didn’t want to wait to share her with you. You can read that short piece here.
In that post, I mentioned my desire to talk with Julie further and as luck would have it, she graciously agreed to it! I am so thrilled to bring this to you. I hope many of you will check her out further. I think you will find her music and life coaching skills to be superb!
Q: I have to ask the obvious question, what was your experience like working on Babylon 5?
Julie Caitlin Brown: As a sci-fi fan I loved working on B5!  Great writing and a great cast, the makeup was just too much for my skin and eyes, however, so even though I was offered the series for another 4 years I had to turn it down.
Q: Was it your work on Babylon that led you to be interested in the convention world?
JCB: I was invited to attend some conventions after my work on Babylon 5, and yes, I found the convention world very intriguing.  I had been a booking agent for rock bands and some very well-known stand-up comics in San Francisco, so the process of booking talent was not new to me.  I felt that this young industry was in need of some organization on the part of the talent and I quickly realized that I had a better grasp of the commerce of conventions than the people who were currently representing me in that market.  At the time, the theatrical agents and managers didn’t really want their clients to attend conventions, so they were not interested in booking the events.  But I enjoyed the travel, meeting the fans, and quite frankly, as a Broadway performer, I missed the stage!  It was fun to entertain again and by bringing my original music to the conventions, I was able to record my first CD in 1997.
Q: What sets you apart from other talent managers who do similar work?
JCB: I have a ridiculous work ethic.  Installed from my salesman father, literally I am fanatical about returning emails and calls.  Communication is paramount to me, so even on vacation, I am always checking in.  Working with an international clientele of talent and promoters there is always a show somewhere in the world on any given weekend!  And I have done the job I am asking my actors to do, I understand viscerally the challenges they face, so I have a lot of compassion for how they feel at events.
Q: What is your best memory so far from your time working with conventions?
JCB: I would have to say it’s an ongoing connection to humanity.  There have been crazy, outrageous, and sometimes frustrating moments in the 19 years I have been managing appearances, but overall, the love of the fans for the talent and each other, inspires me as a businesswoman and artist.  That’s where Love First, the Beginning was born. Conventions.
Q: How did you become interested in being a life coach?
JCB: See above!!!!  Being able to interact with people across all socio-economic strata, cultures, environments, led me to understand that we all want to FEEL Love, not BE Loved, FEEL it, because in the ability to feel love for someone else, you have to love yourself, first, and then flow that love to the other person.  The fans made it clear to me that no matter where you are in the world, we all come from the same Source and we all want connection!
Q: I normally ask the next two questions to people I’ve interviewed but they seem even more fitting for you. What is the best advice you have ever received and who was it from?
JCB: Ah, well, can I give two answers?  On the business level it was from Adam Malin of Creation Entertainment.  He reminded me when I first started that his company was my customer, too.  Not just my actors or the fans.  By recognizing the  relationship between all three dynamics, Adam helped me to forge a new perspective, one that encouraged ALL parties to thrive, not just my actor clients, and not just providing the fans a great event.  The promoter has to feel that their investment in the convention makes financial sense, or why do it?  By making it my business to understand the promoters’ perspective, I could create better agreements between my talent and the promoters, resulting in long-term beneficial relationships where all of us feel respected and I have seen that philosophy bring abundance to all of us.  Happy actors, happy fans, happy promoter.

The second piece of advice was from my father.  Don Andrich.  My dad is a salesman and he’s a damn good one.  I have watched him charm, connect, and create a relationship with complete strangers and here’s what he told me, “Do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. Not because anyone will notice, not because you get brownie points for it, because at the end of the day, your integrity is the one thing they can’t take from you, that one you have to sell.”  And he’s right. I have had some pretty hard times in the last 35 years, but I have never given up my integrity, that’s just not for sale.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever given? Are you good and taking your own advice? 
JCB: Many times people come to me and feel they are not enough, that they are broken in some way, and I have found that what works for me is really, really, simple, “I’m a nice girl, I try hard, and that’s good enough today.”  Love yourself, FIRST, be gentle with yourself because you can’t be anyone else.

And I do take that advice most of the time…..
Q: For some reason, even though we have SO many ways to be and stay connected today, many people are having trouble finding and keeping love and even friendships. Why do you think that is? Does most of your coaching deal with love and relationships in general?
JCB: All of my coaching, even Love First and Business, begins and ends with connection to ALL THAT IS, whatever you choose to call the Source.  For me, there is no separateness, only Oneness.  And from that place of connection, we can truly choose to Love those who we meet, not because of what they might do for us, but because we are all in this together and last time I checked, none of us are getting out of here alive!  We don’t have to like everyone, we have the right and the ability to discern what pleases us, but the Love of the essence of who we all are is the principle of Love First.  There are only two emotions, love and fear, and most of us are coming from the latter.  Afraid to look up from the cell phone because we might “miss” something, when what we are missing is NOW.  NOW is Life, NOW is fleeting, there it goes again, and again, and again, so take a chance and LOOK UP!!!

Friendships take commitment, making the time, making the effort to give and receive.  I think I am a good friend, but I recently let go of some long-term, (over 20 years) friends because I realized that the relationships had not grown, and that is also part of being human, the friend you had at 25 might not be the right friend at 50, it doesn’t mean the friendship didn’t have value, it was perfect for the time it lasted, but we do grow and change, and it is foolish to think that every relationship we have should survive our entire lives.
This is true romantically as well.  Love is not based on proximity or duration, it is the Love of Source recognizing Itself and the connection to each other is Love. But to be IN LOVE with someone? This is based on assessment, the ability to spend time with the other person and choose them, who they really are.  I think many of us get lonely and move too quickly into relationships, hoping it will be “The One”. For me, I am enjoying my relationship with myself these days and I think it’s a great place to start!
Q: I consider myself pretty busy normally since I have many interests but after researching you, I feel I may need to pick up a few new ones. How do you find time to balance everything you have going on?
JCB: I have wonderful people in my personal and work life who help immensely, but it’s my personality.  I am the oldest of 5 girls and 1 boy, and I had a lot of responsibility even as a young child.  I think I was holding and feeding my newborn sister  at 5 and cooking breakfast for my Dad by 7!  I have derived a lot of my self-esteem from being helpful to first my mother, then my siblings, and now my family and clients.  I am also happier when I am working on multiple projects not just one, as I do tend to get bored easily.  Workouts, my garden, singing, traveling with my sons,  playing with my dogs, these ground me in what is important and give me strength to keep it all going.  Did I mention SLEEP? The elixir of life, well that and coffee….
Q: You are also a very talented musician. Do you have plans to release more CDs and perform anytime soon?
JCB: Thank you! I have a recording session in August to do at least 5 new songs, very excited that they will be available on my new website for download as individual tracks this fall.
Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?
JCB: I can’t live without art.  In all it’s forms.  I wish we could all live without fear, it is the basis of all our struggles.
Q: How can your fans and people who want to know more about you keep up with all you are doing and stay connected to you?
JCB: Please visit the new website or follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Q: What’s up next for Julie Caitlin Brown? Acting roles? Writing?
JCB: The new Love First and the Artist audio book will be available July 8th on the website and I hope to be booking some singing gigs soon.
Q: Since I have friends in the industry, I have to ask, are you currently taking on new clients? How does one go about becoming part of the Illumina Productions family? 
JCB: I am blessed to have so many wonderful clients and am grateful for them all, so for now, it’s basically referral, only, what I do is very specific, not theatrical, just personal appearances for actors who are currently well-known for their work in genre TV and Film.