Live Long and Saunter


Nobody deserves a comeback more than George Takei, whose late-career second bloom has been so meaningful and so hilarious. The Japanese American actor, best known for playing helmsman Sulu on the original Star Trek series, came out of the closet a decade ago, at the age of 68, just in time to ride a pop-culture wave begun in equal measure by Facebook, legalized gay marriage, and the adulation directed to hipster/oldsters like Betty White. It was a perfect storm, one Takei has handled with verve as his cheeky Tweets, posts, and public and media appearances have spread his messages of equality and love for all sexualities and races around the globe. Ahead, camp factor 10, Mr. Sulu. Oh myyy!

George Takei, Queen Elizabeth Theatre. November 18.