Though SourceWorks Theatre company's revival of Charles Busch's 19 spoof, Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom, was supposed to close Sept. 20, it has officially extended into an open run at the Duplex cabaret.
Directed by Mark Cannistraro, the show plays Fridays at 10 PM and stars Chuck Sweeney and Jason Ascher (as the lesbian vampires), Robin Daugherty, Daniel Kelley, Kurt Koehler, Jackson McDorman, and Cristen Susong.
Vampire Lesbians traces the comic rivalry between two vamps with a taste for shapely young virgins.
Charles Busch's play was first staged at NY's Theatre-in-Limbo in 1984 and moved, successfully, to the Provincetown Playhouse in 1985. Later plays by Busch include The Woman in Question, Red Scare On Sunset and You Should Be So Lucky.
Director Mark Cannistraro told Playbill On-Line that he'd asked Busch to attend a performance of this new, well-reviewed revival. Busch thanked Cannistraro but declined, reportedly saying, "I've done the play 5,000 times, I really couldn't bear to see it again." He did, however, send a friend of his to check the play out on opening night, and the friend's response was apparently laudatory. In his Aug. 20 review for the New York Post, cabaret critic Chip Deffaa wrote, "This was the show, you may recall, that put playwright/drag queen Charles Busch on the map. Originally produced...on a budget of just $36, this camp comedy dealt with two female bloodsuckers (played by men) seducing comely virgins down through the ages."
Deffaa also noted that although the new production doesn't have the talents of original cast members Charles Busch or Julie Halston, "it does have several nicely turned performances, and we still get to hear those vampires moaning...`the world stinks. Broadway's dead. My apartment is going co-oop. And you can't get a decent bialy anymore.'"
Costumes for the revival are by Michael Schloegl. Mark Cannistraro is artistic director of SourceWorks Theatre.
For tickets and information on Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom, call the Duplex on Christopher St., (212) 255-5438.
- By David Lefkowitz