Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weekend Read: Psycho Beach Party

If you like campy theater, look no further than the Queer writing god, Charles Busch. Possibly one of his best works is the Gidget inspired comedy, Psycho Beach Party. The play follows Chicklet, usually played by a man in drag, as she experiences random blackouts and multiple personalities, fearing she is responsible for the mysterious deaths in the beach town. The play is filled with satire and Hollywood chiches, but it will not keep you disappointed. It is a riot-fest of fun. Busch is a legend of drag theater, both as a writer and a performer. Busch performed as Chicklet in the original production in 1987 and wrote the screenplay for the 2000 film of the same name. This is one of two plays that I would die to direct.