‘Rocky Horror’ raises roof at Woodlawn

By Cristina Chavers


As the light dimmed in the theatre for “The Rocky Horror Show,” you could feel this was going to be a night to remember at Woodlawn Theatre.

A cult following since its 1975 release, “The Rocky Horror Show,” narrated by a criminologist, tells the tale of a newly engaged couple, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who find themselves lost and with a flat tire on a cold and rainy, late November evening.

Seeking a phone to call for help at a nearby castle, Brad and Janet discover a group of strange and outlandish people who are holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. They are soon swept into the world of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a bizarre and self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.”

Jonathan Pennington, the artistic director for Woodlawn, brought flavor, spice and attitude to his role as the mad doctor, all while looking fierce in his black pumps. He brought so much life to the character; I thought I was watching Tim Curry (the original Dr. Frank-N-Furter  in the movie, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) perform the character. And Ashtyn Sonner and Ben Carlee were terrific and absolutely magical as Janet and Brad.

The play was absolutely thrilling. The music was as captivating as the music in the movie. The audience was very interactive from getting up and dancing to the songs, putting newspapers on their heads during a scene with rain to shouting at the narrator – local composer Hector Serna — during the play.

The props and sets were on point and resembled scenes from the movie. Overall, the play was a riot and should be seen by everyone who loves this phenomenon. You will leave singing and dancing and wanting to do the “Time Warp” again.

E-mail Chavers at chavers@student.uiwtx.edu

‘Rocky’ run

The “Rocky Horror Show” is playing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4; 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5; and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Road.

General admission is $17. VIP tickets, which include a drink and snack, are $25.

For more information, go to http://www.woodlawntheatre.com

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