The Rocky Horror Show
The Grange Performing Arts Center3823 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
The Rocky Horror Show and steampunkers: a match made in heaven—or, as heaven is known to Rocky cult followers, Transsexual, Transylvania. Green Valley Theatre Company presents its annual Halloween production of The Rocky Horror Show, and as usual, mixes it up a bit. This year’s production, labeled “Rocky IV,” is a midnight-madness marriage of two creative cult followings, the Rocky’s and the steampunkers.
For the uninitiated, Rocky Horror is a campy sci-fi B-horror-movie sexual-fantasy musical, while steampunkers are fantasy fans that pay homage to Victorian-era costumes and sci-fi technology of the sort celebrated by writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Though the two groups are not known to hang around together, they do have much in common—role-playing, costuming, loyal fans, great visual effects and a passion for audience participation.
The first two weekends of the show (midnight on Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday) brought out the fans of both, with audiences much engaged and creatively attired. And before the show, Rocky virgins are taught the “time warp” dance, a move that hypes the anticipation. Then, the impressive live band hits the first notes, and Brad and Janet seal their fate when their Victorian-era “buggy” breaks down, and they knock on castle door of pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
The rest of the plot doesn’t really matter, since none of this makes much sense, anyway.
This talented cast is so much fun to watch, with enthusiastic leads and backup “phantoms.” But the equally impressive co-stars of this Rocky are the amazing costumes (designed by Lindsay Grimes) and the remarkable props (by “Mad Scientist” Phillip Baldwin), all visual wonders to behold.