Since 1992, Off-Off-Broadway's Theatre Couture have made a specialty of campy comedies and spoofs. They return once more, to downtown's HERE space, with a double bill: The Bad Weed `73 and Double Wide Female, running through Dec. 21.
Weed, by Douglas Sanders, combines the cult film "documentary," Reefer Madness, with Maxwell Anderson's chiller, The Bad Seed. The results? The picture-perfect Penmark family. There's polyester-clad Christine, her prison-bound husband and their six-foot daughter, all engaging in "drug abuse, pedophilia, voyeurism . . . and death by super-comb."
The L.A. Reader compared the show to John Waters' work, calling it "jaw-droppingly bizarre...achieving an almost legendary level of twistedness."
Not to be outdone, Double Wide Female parodies the movie thriller, Single White Female. Jackie Beat and Sherry Vine cowrote the comedy, which shows what happens when a young woman kicks her boyfriend out, only to find the perfect roommate -- or so it seems.
Theatre Couture was founded by actors Sherry Vine (real name: Keith Levy) and Joe Gross, and playwright Douglas Sanders in 1992. Previous productions include Kitty Killer!, a send-up of America's obsession with courtroom scandals, The Final Feast Of Lucrezia Borgia, and e.s.p., -- eyes of a supermodel psychic. This summer, Theatre Couture will take up extended residency at PS 122 in New York, but you can catch Bad Weed `73 and Double Wide Theatre at HERE, now through Dec. 21. For tickets ($10) and information, call (212) 647-0202.
--By David Lefkowitz