Time to Remember
There's a light....over at Kaleidoscope Theatre!
As a teen, one of my first jobs was at a movie theater in Birmingham, Al that showed Rocky Horror picture show every Friday night. My friends would all come, dressed in costume, and re-enact the entire movie in front of the screen. That is how most people were exposed to the campy flick. It was a glorious, and freeing thing at that age to experience this kind of community. Straight, gay, it didn't matter. We were all part of something bigger than that, than us.
So, of course, I have a special place in my heart for the movie. But none of that could prepare me for the utter delight I beheld when watching the stage play of "The Rocky Horror Show" , now playing at Kaleidoscope Theatre in Lynnhaven.
Masterfully directed by Jason Blanks and Ray Stanley with attentive eyes for detail, the stage play (which has overt sexuality and language) has such innocence and joy that is nothing offensive inferred.It inevitably is a celebration of differences and awakening of acceptance of what some would perceive as freaks. The audience, which was a nearly sold out house of every walk of life, roared their approval and ended up giving a well deserved standing ovation .
The Greek chorus of Transylvanians worked the crowd Pre-show, building the antici......pation with their exuberance. The set was decievingly simple but packed with clever suprises. A 4 piece band played backstage behind a gauzy curtain- a gift to have live music onstage!
Tyler Kent was a perfectly nerdy Brad Majors with a strong voice and Holly Fuller was a comic revelation with fabulous vocal prowess as the flowering-soon-to-be-deflowered Janet Weiss. These characters represent middle America apple pie "normals" and the actors did a fantastic job of pulling you in.
But of course, the real star of the show, the character everyone remembers, is the gender bending sweet transsexual Frankenfurter. With a pillar of spiked white hair and an assortment of corsets and heels, once actor Doug Gilliland takes the stage you cannot take your eyes off him. ( He looks like you took Lou Reed, Joan Crawford, and Ursula the sea witch and stuck them in a blender) . His rendition of "I'm going home" simply fantastic.
The rest of the cast does an amazing job as well. I particularly liked Melissa Bowmans screeching been there done that take on Magenta, and the switched gender casting of Rachel Eiland Hall as Dr. Scott. ( Her floor show reveal elicits howls from the audience.) And not forgetting Barry Hertzog who lends necessary gravitas as the narrator.
Do yourself a favor and go see this show. It is well worth the drive. Get reservations- the last two weekends are selling fast!
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