“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
By Marisa Whitaker | TNR contributor
University of Cincinnati News Record
Published: Sunday, October 16, 2011
Updated: Sunday, October 16, 2011 19:10
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Tim Curry (center) plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the notorious cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
I lost my virginity around 12:01 a.m. Sunday at Esquire Theatre; my “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” virginity, that is. As a “RHPS” noob, I had a capital “V” drawn in lipstick on my face.
I knew not one single phrase or motion that went along with the traditional audience participation. I highly enjoyed myself at “RHPS,” however, and if you’ve never been to this show, you should get yourself a ticket.
First of all, the movie is absolutely ridiculous. It ends in a completely different way than it began, and — spoiler alert — not even one personal struggle of any character gets solved.
If, for some reason, you haven’t heard of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the film came out in 1975 as an adaptation to the theatrical performance by the same name from 1973. Audience participation is a tradition of “RHPS,” following along with the movie and play. Frequent attendees learn the catch phrases quickly and get the complete experience that makes the show considerably more fun every time.
“RHPS” is performed in a movie theater because as the movie plays, the actors will run through the aisles performing their own rendition. There are numerous phrases and comments the audience will shout at the movie in a heckling manner, and they’re even encouraged to bring props and use those at appropriate moments.
If you feel like shouting a line that’s not a part of the original heckling, go for it. The audiences love random, witty and obvious humor designed to belittle the movie. The live performers will interact with the audience as they make their way through the aisles, and virgins are usually picked to perform small roles.
As a first-time observer of this well-known performance, the ordered chaos of “RHPS” was delightful and refreshing. The audience heckled the screenplay, the actors pantomimed around all sides, and that terrible movie played on.
To possess the finesse of those who know every moment by heart, start to finish, one must become a devoted patron and love the culture. References to Beatles songs, Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson popped up at various times throughout the show and made the experience relatable and hilarious.
If men in corsets (or Tim Curry) offend you, “Rocky Horror” might not be your ideal Friday night.
If Tim Curry also represents the goodness of “Spamalot” or “Home Alone 2″ for you, however, I highly doubt you will be disappointed by the many antics of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”