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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.

Damsels In Dis Dress

George Heymont | Posted 10.07.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

The other night, as I entered San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre for a performance of Billy Elliot the Musical, I couldn't help noticing an impressively ...