Last night Aaron, Father Tony, Little David and I saw Charles Busch’s Die Mommy Die! at the New World Stages. I haven’t seen Busch since I saw my very first play in NYC, Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom, sometime in the 80’s.
I’d already seen the movie, but I still had a great time, even if I’m not sure that the show lives up to Ben Brantley’s rave review in the New York Times. But if you’re a fan of the late-career movies of faded divas, the references to Bette Davis, Tallulah Bankhead, and Joan Crawford come machine-gun fast.
By the way, the New World Stages, a former movie five-plex located under a plaza on West 50th, is a great Off-Broadway venue. Cool bar, neat layout, great video art in the lobby. Last night I picked up a signed window card for the show, as part their Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser. And my inexorable march to Offical Show Queen continues.