This weekend I was lucky enough to see Lyric Theatre’s most recent rendition of The ROCKY HORROR Show, which completed it run 11/2/2013. I am no Virgin to the thrills and chills one can get from the “antici…………pation” of witnessing a production of this cult classic, as I have seen it done multiple times. This particular staging was unique and had a fresh feel to it. The setting for this classic tale of love, lust, other worldly creations, losing your way and finding your wild side, was changed from a creepy castle-like mansion to a hauntingly trashy traveling circus. The story was propelled by a literal sideshow of Phantoms, including a painted lady and a monkey boy, providing a lively addition to usual cast of beloved characters. The set was wonderfully designed around a central cylinder used as the portal and viewing point into other areas of the manor.
The cast, some of whom previously performed in other productions of Rocky Horror as different characters, gave a renewed energy and life to these portrayals. I was most impressed by the excitingly hardcore attitude of Columbia and the almost too attractive, nearly debonair style of Dr. Frank N Furter. The Narrator, a fortune teller machine, was an interactive riot and it was a pleasure to be led by him on this journey. Also, major support from the live band, complimenting the entire production and adding depth at so many moments.
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma will close 2013 with their annual production of A Christmas Carol beginning later this month. The 2014 Season looks to hold some promising things, including productions of The Odd Couple, Les Miserables, and Spamalot!.