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Kevin Kent
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Mabel, Teatro ZinZanni hostess with the mostest


MICHAEL DOUCETT
Kevin Kent, aka Mabel Dean, has been part of the Teatro ZinZanni cast since the show opened in October 1998. Mabel, the host "dreamer" of Teatro ZinZanni Dinner & Dreams (it's her tent!), has been away since Christmas. But now she’s back, and she’s not the only new dish at the tent. The Tom Douglas- designed menu has gone all fall with braised off-the-bone short ribs, roasted butternut squash soup, smoked-salmon salad with roasted apples and more. We talked with Mabel/Kevin to do a little dishing of our own, and get a few tips.

Q: What's your best host/hostess tip?

Mabel: I say a big smile, no matter what happens.

Kevin: Come late. Leave early. Bring a gift.

Q: What's your favorite champagne?

M: Oh gosh, there's a champagne that's the name of a woman, Louise. Oh, the bubbles are tiny, and the taste is sweet. I've often thought of myself as a bubble in champagne, but, I tell ya, the glass would overflow. Big girl, big bubble.

K: It actually is a champagne called Louis Roederer. But Mabel always calls it Louise. She thinks it's better if it's named after a woman.

Q: How do you pamper yourself?

M: Rotisserie by poolside, and a boy to turn it.

K: Quiet time in New Mexico, emphasis on quiet.

Q: How does one be the perfect dinner guest?

M: Eat everything in sight, burp and thank them. That would be a burp with meaning, a full-belly burp.

K: Offer to help out in the kitchen.

Q: Do you have a really good, yet gracious, rebuff for an obnoxious guest? Something Miss Manners would approve of?

M: Get off me! Now kiss me!

K: I probably wouldn't invite them in the first place.

Q: What one thing can you not live without?

M: There are about 130 things I can't live without, but top of the list is my tent, TZ.

K: Mabel.

Q: Do you have one important fashion tip?

M: Sparkle.

K: High waters are OK.

Q: Do you have a skincare/beauty tip?

M: There's a little German regimen that I use. It involves sandpaper and lard.

K: I actually do use a German product, Dr. Hauschka. And it costs an arm and a leg. When I first started doing the show, my skin reacted strangely due to all the makeup all the time. I got a facial, and the woman who did it recommended it. Since then, I've told other drag queens about it and they use it religiously.

Q: What is the biggest difference between Kevin and Mabel?

M: She's loud and big, and he's quiet and small.

K: Boy, girl.

Q: Mabel: Are those yours?

M: Of course! Who else's would they be?

K: They are! Very often sitting on a shelf, but they belong to me. Anything you can hold in your hand is real.
 

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