Aired on KSDS-FM on 3/25/16
RUN DATES: 3/10/16 – 5/7/16
VENUE: Cygnet Theatre
Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Don’t dream it; be it.
That’s the ultimate message of the timeless time-warp that is “The Rocky Horror Show,” the sci-fi B-movie spoof that’s been a stage and film hit for more than 40 years.
Release your inner corset-wearing, fishnet-stockinged, oversexed rocker. It’s just a jump to the left – and you too can join the Transsexual Transylvanians led by that sweet transvestite, Dr. Frank N. Furter. Well, maybe he’s not so sweet. He manhandled the poor, hapless nerds, Brad and Janet, after they stumbled into ‘The Frankenstein Place’ one dark and stormy night.
And, at Cygnet Theatre, Frank also got visibly and verbally annoyed at a persistent and vociferous heckler – indignantly walking offstage twice, putting something of a damper on an otherwise thrilling opening night. If you’re going to invite the audience to be active participants, and sell bags of props to help them do that – then you have to be prepared to accept their involvement.
Nonetheless, the show is a knockout. The band is fantastic, the singing is terrific and every one of the lead characters gets a glittery moment in the spotlight. The costumes are a hoot, too – pink glitter platform heels for all in Act 2! – except the getups are a bit frumpy for Frank’s high-energy sidekicks, Columbia and Magenta, wonderfully portrayed by Sarah Errington and Bets Malone, who’s also a killer in the opening and closing number.
Sean Murray does outstanding double-duty as both lead and director. He first played Frank some 25 years ago – and he’s still got the bod and the chops. Speaking of bods, Danny Hansen as Rocky, Frank’s personal-pleasure creation, is a stunner. Brad and Janet are adorable, and Riff Raff is the creepy hunchback everyone loves to hate. Steve Gouveia is a riot as bad-boy Eddie and neo-Nazi Dr. Scott. And Jim Chovick is endlessly comical as our friendly, narrating Criminologist, who gives as good as he gets from the interrupting audience.
So… let your freak flag fly, join the fun – and don’t hesitate to jump out of your seat for the final dance-along.
©2016 PAT LAUNER, San Diego Theater Reviews