They're calling it "Camp Alamo," an entire season devoted to theatre that is, well, campy. With Charles Busch's Die! Mommy! Die!, Blair Fell's The Blair Fell Project and James Valcq's Zombies From the Beyond, Houston's Theater LaB will welcome in the year 2000 with low laughs and high satire.
Busch's Die! Mommy! Die leads off the season, Jan. 5-Feb. 13. After its world premiere and four month run in Los Angeles, the comedy comes directly to Houston for its U.S. regional premiere. A parody of 1960s gothic horror films and the classic Greek drama Electra, Die! is set in the home of aging diva singer Angela Andrews Sussman, who may just have to kill her producer husband to run off with her gigolo boyfriend. Busch is well known for his campy parodies, including Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.
Hide the handheld cameras -- Feb. 23-March 26 brings The Blair Fell Project. Fell, the author of Naked Will, From the Hip and Theatre LaB's 1997 hit, The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun, is creating a new piece for the ensemble, working under the aforementioned title.
Last up for "Camp Alamo" will be singing zombies, caterwauling from April 12-May 28. As the menfolk of 1955's Milwaukee are harvested by the buxom alien Zombina, the populace fights to survive brainwashing by this soprano from another world. Valcq wrote the book, music and lyrics to the musical.
For season tickets, contact the Theater LaB Houston at (713) 868-7516. -- By Christine Ehren