Tessa and I went to go see our friend Jon perform in a Charles Busch double feature this weekend, seeing “Sleeping Beauty, or Coma” and “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”. It was amazing, a small theater company doing the first production of “Vampire Lesbians…” in a while, performing in my neighborhood, which was awesome because I’m all about Queens pride.
“Sleeping Beauty, or Coma” is a 60’s English mod and fashion culture-influenced take on Sleeping Beauty, which sounds bizarre and is in a really delightful way. Of course “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” is about…well, vampire lesbians from Sodom. As in the ancient city from the Bible. Anyway, both were hilarious with great cast, drag, all in a nice little local black box theater (one of my favorite types in my limited theater experience).
Last year I was introduced to Psycho Beach Party, which I’d never seen before even though I’d heard about it a thousand times. I fell in love with the movie, an adaptation of Busch’s play that perfectly encapsulates a love of 50’s teen movies, 60’s exploitation movies, 70’s gay subculture and “subtle”-culture, camp, kitsch, horror, surf, and subversion.
If you ever get the chance to check out a production of Busch play or see Psycho Beach Party the movie, you definitely should.