It's certainly true that Tamarie Cooper is older than she was back in 1996, when she first began this egocentric yet irresistible musical avant garde annual endeavor that's become essential to Houston summer theatrics. Up this summer: The world premiere of Tamarie Cooper's Old as Hell at Catastrophic Theatre. But isn't age just a number? ''One can feel 'old as hell' in many different stages in life,'' says creator, director and star Cooper. At 42, or just six in dog years, Cooper knows she's ''not really that ancient.'' The spark for the show came about when she realized that, at that age, she was ''technically at the midway mark, statistically speaking. But,'' she adds curiously spryly, ''there are certain situations or milestones that have made me keenly aware that I am not exactly a spring chicken, either.'' Like childbirth three years ago, maybe? ''I'll probably create another show in 20 years called Now I'm Really Old as Hell.'' We're looking forward to it!
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8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Through August 24. 1119 East Freeway. For information, call 713-522-2723 or visit catastrophictheatre.com. Pay what you can.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 12. Continues through Aug. 24, 2013