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The Man Behind the Merman

Steve Schonberg | Posted 11.22.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

One of today's great comediennes is in fact a man. In the tradition of other celebrated gender benders, like Divine, Dame Edna and RuPaul, the man who transforms nightly into Varla Jean Merman has spent the better part of 20 years elevating "drag" to a peerless variety of this art form.

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Liz Smith | Posted 09.24.2014 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer, Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby.

On the Culture Front: 'Kung Fu,' 'Bridges of Madison County' and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

David Henry Hwang peers into the fleetingly short life of martial arts artist-turned-actor Bruce Lee in his rich new bio-play, Kung Fu.

He, She, and Charles Busch

Rex Reed | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
Rex Reed

If you need a good laugh (and these days, who doesn't?) you can always count on Charles Busch. In or out of drag, he's a movie-obsessed queen of comedy. His new romp, produced by New York's Primary Stages, is called The Tribute Artist. It's a hoot.

Stage Door: The Tribute Artist, Three Little Birds

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

His humor, which steals liberally from movie queens and classic cinema scenes, remains. But like all Busch parodies, there are issues to explore. A skilled actor, his faux Adriana navigates the blurry lines between illusion and reality and discovers the value of honest emotion.

Curtis M. Wong

Drag Glamour Meets 'The Sublime And The Profane' In Charles Busch's New Play

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices

The complex and oft-disheartening world of New York real estate gets a fabulously comedic makeover courtesy of actor, playwright and legendary drag ic...

Stars of David: Shining Across the Country Soon?

Cara Joy David | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I often sit in the theater and think: "Who is the audience for this?" I think that whether the show is about Jews or not. I am actually not the ideal audience for Jewish-themed shows; my mother is.

Whiskers On Kittens: Considering Drag

Tom Judson | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Judson

In hopes of drawing a general from the specific, I thought I'd spotlight a sui generis case and -- lucky for us! -- there was a drag queen handy: Trixie Starr aka Rich Volo.

Curtis M. Wong

Charles Busch's Big Stage Fright Confession

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.04.2013 | Gay Voices

News flash: Charles Busch has developed a "terrible" case of stage fright. While it may seem like an astonishing confession, the actor, drag icon ...

Stage Door: Bunnicula, Les Misérables

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Downtown theater legend Charles Busch is best known for his satiric gender-bender plays. So it's something of a revelation to see him adapting a best-selling children's book into "a rabbit tale of musical mystery."

Theater: 'Bunnicula' Sings; 'Mnemonist' Forgettable

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Bunnicula the novel led to a string of sequels and still sells well. If this harmless musical enjoys a long life, it will strictly be due to the warm feelings for Howe's original work.

Len Cariou, Broadway's Original Sweeney Todd, Reveals His Canadian Roots

Myra Chanin | Posted 02.20.2013 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

Len Cariou may well be the most persistently employed performer on the planet. He leaps fleetly from role to role, format to format and venue to venue -- theater, film, television, recordings, narration, voiceovers, documentaries and audio books.

The World Premiere Of Tennessee Williams' Final Play

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2012 | Home
David Finkle

When you sit through something as ludicrous as Williams's last play -- or so we're led to believe of a manuscript cobbled together by other peddler-meddlers -- you spend much of the time wondering whom the roiling cauldron of picked-over Williams obsessions serves.

Voice To Voice: Robert Leleux And Charles Busch Discuss Judy Garland, Theater, Gay Literature And More

Posted 01.20.2012 | Gay Voices

This month we've invited several LGBT authors to participate in our first ever Voice to Voice conversation series. Throughout January we'll feature in...

A Man Plays Katharine Hepburn On Stage

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home

Trouser wearing, Spencer Tracy-loving legend of the screen Katharine Hepburn died in 2003. But tonight, actor Charles Busch will play the actress in t...

Hamptons Journal: Celebrity Autobiography at Guild Hall/The Tale of the Allergist's Wife at Mulford Farm

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Anticipating great gusts and flooding, many Hamptonites chose the real-life drama of celebrity lives as read by celebrities over the real-life drama of storms at Guild Hall last Friday night.

Stage Door: Olive and the Bitter Herbs

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.24.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

While the acting and direction click, one longs for more coherence to the two acts. Busch deftly explores the singularity of urban connections and the ties, however slim, that bind.

Theater: "Olive and the Bitter Herbs"

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Yes, it's just a boulevard comedy. But there's a certain pleasure to be had out of watching five pros make the most of a show. It's thin material but sturdily crafted nonetheless.

David Hyde Pierce Plays The Perfect Host

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.21.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

When a wanted bank robber stumbles into his L. A. house as he prepares for a dinner party, Pierce is perfect as victim, but then who is the more dangerous?

Theater: Seaworthy "Anything Goes;" Heavenly "Divine Sister"

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

ANYTHING GOES ** 1/2 out of **** STEPHEN SONDHEIM THEATRE It's hard to go wrong with a sturdy musical theater vessel like the Cole Porter classic Any...

Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, The Divine Sister, You've Got Hate Mail

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

America Ferrera huddled in a back booth at B. Smith restaurant chatting with her pal, Gilmore Girl Alexis Bledel, the occasion: the 500th performance ...

Stage Door: The Divine Sister, The Screwtape Letters, Freckleface Strawberry

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Charles Busch is a comic genius. Now, the talented performer has donned drag for The Divine Sister, a religious send-up of big-budget Hollywood nun movies at the SoHo Playhouse.