by Paula Citron
Pity the poor Rocky Virgins who have never experienced either the stage or movie versions of Richard O’Brien’s high camp, transsexual, sci-fi musical spoof “The Rocky Horror Show”. When they attend the CanStage production, they won’t be able to hear a word.
Diehard fans dress up like the characters in the show and shout out at the stage. CanStage welcomes this behaviour with a Prop Rules & Instructions page in the program.
Amid the almighty din, dialogue and lyrics are lost. When the audience does shut up for the songs, the diction of the performers is incomprehensible.
Director Ted Dykstra has had to walk a fine line. His show had to resemble the original or the fan base would be very, very disgruntled, so there are no surprises.
People are either going to get into the spirit of this show or go home with a headache.
The Rocky Horror Show continues until Apr. 21.
From the Bluma Appel Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.