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March 29, 2007|David C. Nichols

"Varla Jean Merman Is Anatomically Incorrect!": Those who think camp is passe should check out this show. Jeffery Roberson's incomparable drag creation revisits her cabaret roots in peak sidesplitting form. Not since Divine and '50s cult icon Rae Bourbon has a drag artiste so nailed the risque old-school pleasures of the genre. Roberson is a flawless female illusionist, and Varla's fulsome femininity is never in doubt (her sanity is another matter). "Anatomically Incorrect," co-written by Roberson and Jacques Lamarre, takes up Varla's desire to "celebrate the body. My body. Your body. Anybody's body I can lay my hands on."

-- David C. Nichols

Ends tonight at Ultra Suede, 661 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. (877) 714-7668.

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