Up until recently, I had never experienced the Rocky Horror Show. I had heard stories all growing up, but never found myself in a position to where I’d watched the movie or seen the live act. I decided to change that this fall season at The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island.
The theater has been wanting to put on the performance for some time now, but the District Theater in Rock Island had dibs, until this year when it closed in June. The Circa 21 crew knew it wouldn’t fly at that venue, but it fits in perfectly with the space of the Speakeasy. So my friend and I dressed up (or down, depending upon whom you ask), and strutted to downtown Rock Island to see what would happen.
Upon arrival, we are told we can purchase a “grab bag” of props that we will need during the show. I knew that audience participation is part of the experience and was thankful they provided the necessary means to do so. There was also a cheat sheet for us “virgins” who had never attended before, informing us of what props to use and when.
The story began with the narrator, who was a character all in himself; and from there on, the show pretty much hits the ground running. It’s a musical filled with songs I already knew, “Sweet Transvestite” and “Time Warp”, as well as several I’d never heard before.
I never truly realized just how entertaining this show could be. From the other audience members dressing up, to the call backs and props, this is unlike any other performance I have ever attended. I can’t wait to go again.
We were lucky, my friend and I got placed at one of the front row tables, and we were sitting with a gentleman who works on the show and another who is married to ac actress performing, so we not only got a great view, but some funny inside stories as well. This added to our level of involvement with the actors.
Beware though, this is a show for open-minded adults; there is cursing, cross-dressing, the throwing of things, and a lot of other naughtiness I won’t give away here. And if you missed it this year, it will return again, and I highly recommend going.