Hell and a Handbag

Drag-queen Varla Jean takes a walk on the sinful side.

From lust to gluttony, drag queen Varla Jean Merman walks audiences through the seven deadly sins in the musical revue I'm Not Paying for This! "She wants to see how many sins she can get away with before she goes to hell," says Jeffery Roberson, Merman's alter ego.

The New Orleanean's crowded résumé includes recent performances at Australia's Sydney Opera House, on Broadway in Chicago, and on television in All My Children. Next — a permanent slot on one of the gay-themed television networks. "But they're afraid of drag," he says. "They think it's not politically correct. But who needs another Queer as Folk?"
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