Spokane, Wash.

On the outskirts of Spokane, Steinbeck met a gruff man and his son, Robbie. Steinbeck implied that Robbie was probably gay. Fifty years later, we meet a Spokane native much like Robbie – a hairdresser, actor, and resident director of one of the finest communities theatres in the country, Spokane Civic Theatre. And yes, Troy Nickerson is a gay man. But he has one big advantage over Steinbeck’s Robbie: Nickerson was born a quarter century later.

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